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Tan, A. G., & Lim, L. (1999). Creativity and disability: Some insights for educators. In M. Waas (Ed.), Enhancing learning: Challenge of integrating thinking and information technology into the curriculum: Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference of the Educational Research Association ( pp. 622-628). Singapore: Plaza Parkroyal Hotel.
A term that has high social desirability and attractiveness when used to describe a person is
"creativity". A term that can be said to have low social desirability is "disability". These two
terms can be said to represent bipolar opposites when used in association with or describing a
person. The social perceptions of and meanings associated with creativity and disability imply
that these two concepts are rarely linked. The purpose of our research was to investigate the
social perceptions and connotations of the terms "creativity" and "disability" from the
perspectives of two groups of teachers/instructors: those who work with individuals with
disabilities and those who do not work with and are not exposed on a regular basis to individuals
with disabilities. Our study specifically focuses on how both these groups of teachers perceive
and evaluate the appearance of individuals who are creative and have disabilities. Implications of
the study for education are presented.
This paper was published in the 1999 Proceedings of the ERA Annual Conference held at Plaza Parkroyal Hotel, Singapore from 23-25 November 1998
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