Neuro-Creative Arts Theory: Applications for Special Education

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This presentation will spotlight recent information from the fields of creativity and brain research. Discussion will center on how these two fields enhance special education. Focus will be placed on the importance of art education as a means to, not only encourage creativity, but also to address issues of behavioral and cognitive functioning. Accordingly, brain functions will be described as they relate to various disabilities, as well as to the production and comprehension of artwork. Discussion of the theoretical and applied aspects of creativity will illustrate the connections between creative activities, human development, brain function and disabilities. Finally, discussion will focus on methods through which creative arts activities aid teachers, and students with special needs, in gaining insight of skills, abilities, and potentials for learning through art education.

Keywords: Art Education, Special Education, Creativity, Brain, Cognition
Stream: Creative Arts and Learning
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Rick Garner

Professor, Department of Art Education, Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw, GA, USA

Dr. Garner has a background in clinical and educational applications of the visual arts. His primary research interests involve relationships between neuropsychology, graphic development, and disabilities. He has worked
with both students and adults with disabilities. His latest work explores practical application of neuroconstructivist theory in art education and rehabilitation.

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