The ability to think creatively is what the students in our country relatively lack of. One purpose of the government''s educational policy on 1-9 grade curriculum is supposed to help our students think, judge and create. But our students seldom ask or answer questions voluntarily, or think judgmentally in class. The main reason is because our students are so used to the learning method through listening to lectures. They process what they learn inside themselves is in a mechanical way.
Chinese society emphasizes too much on gaining knowledge from the authoritative teaching. This is also one of the reasons that our students can''t build their own knowledge structures. Changing teachers'' perceptions and teaching methods is fundamentally necessary. Especially the perception of creative thinking and the training on strategies of creative thinking. Grade 1-9 Curriculum aims to enhance students’ ability of judgment and creativity. Meanwhile, teachers should increase and renovate their teaching tactics on creative thinking as well.
The perspective of this study is based on teaching strategies to promote creative thinking, the content of visual arts, and the diversity of Internet environment to build up a learning platform. Design-based research is implemented in eight phases, namely discovery, organization, analysis, design, development, application, evaluation, and results to research and design teaching materials of multimedia visual arts. The study was based on an evaluation of teaching materials from experts and an understanding of learning satisfaction from junior high school teachers who served as learners. Experts provided suggestions for alteration and revision on the content and the questionnaire helped understand learners’ satisfaction degree and their inspiration of creativity ability. Additionally, the worksheet explored the effects of creative thinking through teaching.
According to the experts, a clear goal and methods of learning must be given to students. This can be done through the Internet. For example, put the point on top of the website page, and use simple words to make them understand easily. When teaching, interaction and assistances in time are crucial, including leading how to learn and how to solve problems. Finally, lesson plans should be designed gradually. Also, they must be connected with the learners'' major knowledge to keep them interested. The survey on the learners'' satisfaction indicated that they were much satisfied with learning creative thinking through visual arts. The informal form of class and free atmosphere made the learners participate more and reduce fears. They were highly willing to answer questions for there weren’t fixed answers, no right or wrong. This way learners could think actively and tend to answer more.
Learners though the content of the visual arts instructions were not the point; instead, it increased their learning motivation. The whole learning target focused on the acquisition of developing thinking tactics. Through the worksheet, the researcher found the teaching strategies the learners came up with included giving students free space of pondering, inspiring their imagination of thinking creatively and encouraging them to speak up and embrace different ideas. From this result, it can be concluded that junior high school teachers have begun to apply the creative strategies they learn in their teaching strategies.