Adams, James L.
Conceptual Blockbusting A Guide to Better Ideas
(San Francisco: W.H. Freeman and Company), 1974.
This book explains the different kinds of conceptual blocks and gives exercises for ridding oneself of them.
Biondi, Angelo M. ed.
The Creative Process
(Buffalo, New York: D.O.K. Publishers), 1972.
The creative thinking process is explained completely and simply. An excellent resource:.
Synectics The Development of Creative Capacity
(New York: Harper and Brothers Publishers), 1961.
This book is concerned with the use of synectics in helping creativity.
Osborn, Alexander Faickney.
Applied Imagination: Principles and Procedures of Creative Problem
(New York: Scribner), 1963.
The first explanation of the creative thinking process. A thorough and interesting book.
Parnes, Sidney Jay, Ruth B. Noller and Angelo M. Biondi.
Guide to Creative Action Revised Edition of Creative Behavior Guidebook
(New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons), 1977.
This book contains an explanation of creativity, detailed lesson plans for the
(which will be discussed later), and a series of articles well worth reading about creativity.
Parnes, Sidney J. and Harold F. Harding.
A Source Book
(New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons) 1962.
A book of readings on creativity. The following articles are recommended reading:
E. Paul Torrance “Developing Creative Thinking through School Experiences” pp. 31-47.
John E. Arnold “Useful Creative Techniques” pp. 251268.
John W. Lincoln “Developing a Creativeness in People” pp. 269-275.
Zuce Kogan “Methods of Furthering New Ideas” pp. 277281.
Sidney J. Parnes “Do You Really Understand Brainstorming?” pp. 283-290.
Joseph G. Mason “Suggestions for Brainstorming Technical and Research Problems” pp. 291-295.
Leo B. Moore “Creative Action. The Evaluation, Development, and Use of Ideas” pp. 297-304.
Torrance, E. Paul.
Encouraging Creativity in the Classroom
(Dubuque, Iowa: W.C. Brown Company), 1970.
This book gives useful hints for fostering creativity.
Torrance, E. Paul and R.E. Myers.
Creative Learning and Teaching
(New York: Dodd Mead), 1970.
This book explains how to ask questions in the classroom and how to get the students to do so also.
Gordon, W.J.J. and Tony Poze.
Strange and Familiar
(Cambridge, Massachusetts: Porpoise Books), 1972.
This book is divided into three sections, each one containing several exercises on the three kinds of analogies in synectics.
Where Did You Get That Red? Teaching Great Poetry to Children
(New York: Random House), 1973.
The author gives a clear explanation of his techniques for teaching children how to write poetry. A good source of ideas.:
Making It Strange
Books 1 2 3 4 (New York: Harper and Row), 1975.
All four books contain many interesting exercises in synectics.
Parnes, Sidney J.
(New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons), 1967.
All the exercises in this book teach the creative thinking process in steps.
Schaefer, Charles E.
Developing Creativity in Children An Ideabook for Teachers
(Buffalo, New York: D.O.K. Publishers) , 1973.
It contains many good ideas, although some may be too simple for high school students.
(Carthage, Illinois: Good Apple, Inc.), 1977.
An excellent book with many, many exciting ideas for encouraging creativity in students.:
Williams, Frank E.
Classroom Ideas for Encouraging Thinking and Feeling
second edition (Buffalo, New York: D.O.K. Publishers), 1970.
Although written for use in elementary schools, most of the ideas can be revised or altered for use in high school.
RESOURCES FOR THE TEACHER
We are lucky to have a great many resources at our disposal in the area of creativity. First we have Yale University, Southern Connecticut State College, and the University of Connecticut, all of which have materials and professors involved in the creative thinking process.
The Center for Theatre Techniques in Education based at the Stratford Shakespeare Theatre, and the Educational Center for the Arts on Audubon Street in New Haven conduct programs and teachers’ workshops to encourage teachers and students to use their creativity.
The Comprehensive Arts Program of the New Haven Public Schools brings artists into the classrooms to work directly with the students.
The Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES) at 800 Dixwell Avenue in New Haven sponsors Project Bridge which works with teachers, publishes an informative newsletter, and most importantly has a collection of materials which may be used at the Resource Center or borrowed. See the
Catalog of Resources for the Education of the Gifted and Talented
for many exciting materials which will help in your teaching.