Nurturing Creative Thinking

The Challenge

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.  

The Approach

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.


These are:

  • 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)


Why art?

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.

  1. 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)
  2. 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
  3. 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


The Outcome

A report on the results of integrating the Nurturing Creative Thinking method within a primary school setting.



2018 – 2020

Lead Section

European Centre for Global Education


Dr Eitan Buchalter

Dr Baptiste Barbot


Fosse Bank School, UK

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