South African children's literature and the teaching of creative writing in diverse contexts
MetadataShow full item record
The training of creative writers in South Africa requires a programme that is able to address the country’s complex cultural and linguistic composition. There is an increasing awareness of the importance of cultural and language identity and the need for a variety of children’s literature in all languages. Although there are many talented storytellers in South Africa, there is still a need for new writers who can meet this demand. In this article the basic principles of teaching creative writing are set within the context of teaching creative writing for children, which can serve as a basis for tuition in diverse training contexts. The approach integrates identifi ed principles derived from different theoretical paradigms on thoughts of literacy, creativity, creative writing and literary theory, combined with years of practical experience. Core principles identifi ed are the consideration of the context, the primary means of cultural transference in a community, the complex dynamics of the creative process, the articulation of relevant content and the application of the principles in specifi c teaching and learning environments. These principles inform the general approach to the courses, the structuring thereof, and the selection of appropriate content. The approach is illustrated with reference to various courses and activities and South African children’s literature.
- Faculty of Humanities 
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Fields, Ziska. (North-West University, 2012)Creativity only recently became the subject of systematic research, specifically over the past two decades. This is largely due to the fact that creativity is often misunderstood due to inconsistencies concerning the ...
Fields, Ziska; Bisschoff, Christo A. (Kamla-Raj Enterprises, 2013)This article develops a theoretical model to measure the creativity of young adults (18 to 25 years of age). Historical creativity approaches, dimensions, models and tests were researched through a literature study in ...
The extent to which teachers nurture creative thinking in the Grade 9 Social Sciences classroom through the choice of teaching methods Bunt, Byron John (North-West University, 2012)The nurturing of creative thinking skills is one of the cornerstones of Outcomes-Based Education (OBE). This study investigated to what extent teachers nurture the development of creative thinking through the choice of ...