Original Research

Fostering creativity in kindergarten: The impact of collaborative project-based learning

Parwoto Parwoto, Sitti N. Ilyas, Muhammad Y. Bachtiar, Kartini Marzuki
South African Journal of Childhood Education | Vol 14, No 1 | a1462 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajce.v14i1.1462 | © 2024 Parwoto Parwoto, Sitti Nurhidayah Ilyas, Muhammad Yusri Bachtiar, Kartini Marzuki | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 November 2023 | Published: 27 May 2024

About the author(s)

Parwoto Parwoto, Department of Early Childhood Education, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Universitas Negeri Makassar, Makassar, Indonesia
Sitti N. Ilyas, Department of Early Childhood Education, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Universitas Negeri Makassar, Makassar, Indonesia
Muhammad Y. Bachtiar, Department of Early Childhood Education, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Universitas Negeri Makassar, Makassar, Indonesia
Kartini Marzuki, Department of Non-Formal Education, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Universitas Negeri Makassar, Makassar, Indonesia

Abstract

Background: Early childhood education (ECE) is crucial in cultivating creativity, especially in today’s tech-savvy world. This study explores the impact of collaborative project-based learning (PjBL) with computer and play motivation on kindergarten children’s creativity.

Aim: Our research aimed to determine if collaborative PjBL, combined with computer-based activities, enhances creativity compared to independent PjBL. We also examined the influence of play motivation on computer-based creativity.

Setting: The study was conducted in Makassar Lotus Kindergarten, Indonesia, involving 30 Grade B kindergarten students.

Methods: We employed a post-test control group design and systematically selected two matched classes. The experimental group engaged in collaborative PjBL, focussing on computer activities to foster creativity, while the control group experienced independent PjBL. Creativity assessment encompassed originality, art, fluency, flexibility, self-actualisation, and creative skills.

Results: Collaborative PjBL had a more significant impact on children’s computer-based creativity than independent PjBL. Children with high play motivation also exhibited higher creativity levels during computer-based activities.

Conclusion: This study underscores the potential of collaborative PjBL in promoting creativity among kindergarten children in the digital era. It highlights the significance of innovative teaching methods and children’s intrinsic motivation in nurturing creativity.

Contribution: These findings contribute to the ongoing discourse on effective ECE strategies that harness technology to foster creativity.


Keywords

collaborative play; project-based learning; creativity; computer media; childhood; kindergarten

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 4: Quality education

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