All human progress can be attributed to creative thinking. It is therefore important that individuals learn to recognise, value and look after their creative abilities. The principal challenge of this project is to design and test a coaching tool that enables individuals aged 5-11 to nurture their innate creative abilities.
To utilise the British primary school art curriculum as a place where individuals can learn to enhance the characteristics that we know are associated with creative behaviour.
- Openness to experience (Feist, 2010)
- Confidence in one’s own creative ability (Bandura, 1997; Beghetto, 2006)
- Sustained motivation (Amabile, 1996; Hong, Hartzell, & Green, 2009)
- Domain knowledge and expertise (Ericsson et al., 1996)
- Willingness to take sensible risks (Beghetto, 2009; Sternberg, 2010)
- Resilience in the face of criticism (Simonton, 2010; Sternberg & Lubart, 1995)
There are 3 key reasons why we believe the art curriculum is a perfect space within the existing school schedule to nurture students’ individual creative abilities.
- It’s a process – The core characteristics associated with creative thinking are predominantly processes. And art is a subject that is exceptionally well-suited to focus on ‘process’ (as opposed to most of the other curriculum subjects where ‘content’ is the primary focus)
- It’s pragmatic – Making a difference today means devising an intervention that slots into the existing fabric of a school rather than demanding an all-encompassing transformation
- It’s personal – Out of the subjects that already exist in a school’s weekly schedule, art is personal enough to provide individuals with the opportunity to learn about the role that creative thinking has in their lives
A report on the results of integrating the Nurturing Creative Thinking method within a primary school setting.
2018 – 2020
Dr Eitan Buchalter
Dr Baptiste Barbot
Global shifts in the organisation and management of educational institutions, questions of access to and distribution of open and global learning resources from the private and public sector, coupled ...more about this focus area