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How Can We Teach Creativity?

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Siobhán Murphy

on 7 September 2016

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Transcript of How Can We Teach Creativity?

How Can we
Teach
Creativity?

NO
...the deadening, uncritical groupthink to which [students] succumb after their experience of second level,
the Leaving and points race.
Little wonder, he suggested,
“the country was now f****ed”.
Irish Times, May 18, 2013
Assumption:
We can teach creativity
Can we?
Roddy
...between second and third level, there is no statistical difference, thus students do not progressively develop their creative capacity.
Are we educating to promote students’ creative capacities?:
A study in Technology Education in Ireland
Keelin Leahy, University of Limerick, Ireland
...creativity requires a pedagogic stance that is facilitative, enabling, responsive, open to possibilities, and collaborative, and which values process as much as outcomes.
The development of creativity is not dependent on the random ignition of the “spark of genius”, but rather on equipping students with the tools, techniques and conceptual strategies to harness the inner creative flame.
Address by Ned Costello, Irish Universities Association on the subject of Creativity and Higher Education
Pablo Picasso
Every child is an artist.
The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
We must
"We assume that 50% of our revenue in 5 years' time must come from sources that do not exist today.  That is why we innovate."
Ernst & Young 2010 Connecting Innovation to Profit  report:
"the ability to manage, organise, cultivate and nurture creative thinking is directly linked to growth and achievement."
In the same report it was found that highly successful companies realise that:
"Creativity may be the most powerful of all the resources to be rich in."
2010 Winning Ingredients report from Standard Chartered
fear
failure is an
opportunity to learn
Learning processes to foster creativity must develop self-efficacy, encourage risk taking in safe environments and help students to engage with messy/complex and unpredictable situations where there are no right and wrong answers.
Developing and valuing Students’ Creativity; a new role for Personal Development Planning?
Norman Jackson. Surrey Centre for Excellence in Professional Training and Education University of Surrey. SCEPTrE Scholarly Paper 2: January 2006
Developing and valuing Students’ Creativity; a new role for Personal Development Planning?
Norman Jackson. Surrey Centre for Excellence in Professional Training and Education University of Surrey. SCEPTrE Scholarly Paper 2: January 2006
BBC HORIZON
2012-2013, The Creative Brain: How Insight Works
Anti-government protesters charge their cell phones for free outside an electronics store on Tahir Square on February 8th 2011 in Cairo, Egypt.
When the Egyptian government instigated a communications blackout, Ujjwal Singh developed a service using the last remaining outlet - telephone - to post messages to Twitter.

The team got the call on Saturday, and by Sunday morning at 5.30am had a working model of Speak2Tweet.
wrong
different
fool
risk
How?
Doyle
...we lie
"I'm not Creative"
"I'm not Artistic"
curiosity
Passion
Self-motivated learning
Questioning of fundamentals
Challenging of assumptions
insight
improvisation
divergent thinking
How Can we
Teach
Creativity?

ON
Can we?
Roddy
Address by Ned Costello, Irish Universities Association on the subject of Creativity and Higher Education
Pablo Picasso
Every child is an artist.
The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
fear
BBC HORIZON
2012-2013, The Creative Brain: How Insight Works
Anti-govenment protestors charge their cell phones for free outside an electronics store on Tahir Square on February 8th 2011 in Cairo, Egypt.
wrong
different
fool
risk
How?
Doyle
...we lie
"I'm not Creative"
"I'm not Artistic"
Connect to the world of real problem-solving and experimentation
Provide collaborative, enquiry-rich, problem-solving experiences that require students to share ideas, perpectives and solutions
Design situations requiring
divergent and convergent thinking
(imagination, evaluation, integration and synthesis)
Think Quarterly: Innovation (US), published by Google.
Think Quarterly: Innovation (US), published by Google.
Leah Buechley: How to “sketch” with electronics. Accessed via: http://www.ted.com/talks/leah_buechley_how_to_sketch_with_electronics.html
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