Can You Teach Creativity?

“With 21st Century firms emphasizing the value of creativity in their employees, it’s important that teachers are allowed to value the trait in their students too – which is something that today’s curriculums often discourage” (Puccio, in the International Center for Studies in Creativity).

Creativity as a subject in schools

In recent years, there have been growing calls to nurture and teach creativity from an early age in schools and universities. While the secret to unlocking creative genius remains elusive, research suggests that it’s possible to prime the mind for creative ideas to emerge. And creativity is even taught as an academic discipline in some places. So, what are the ways teachers are drawing out that creative spark? And should these techniques be taught more in schools? (BBC, 2014)

“With 21st Century firms emphasizing the value of creativity in their employees, it’s important that teachers are allowed to value the trait in their students too – which is something that today’s curriculums often discourage” (Puccio, in the International Center for Studies in Creativity).

The Lucubrate uses creativity in the production of courses.

Can everyone learn creativity?

Everyone can learn to some degree how to construct ideas and things that work by imitating, emulating and modeling the behaviors of teachers and other adepts in the classroom.  They can learn by experience some part of what it means to take on a problem, to prepare with relevant practice and imaginative study, to incubate choices, to elaborate a solution and test it, to consider feedback and revision.  But even this process, broken down into its compositional and conceptual aspects, does not guarantee a creative result. All learning about the creative process can do is make sure that students know what to expect. All it can do is make them familiar with behaviors and strategies that may inform their own problem-solving (Blog in Psychology Today by Michele and Robert Root-Bernstein, 2011).

Sir Ken Robinson ask “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” He has recently spoken at length about creativity and this is his latest digest of thoughts on the issue of whether it can be taught…

 

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