According to the Scotland Education system, curiosity is one of four key creativity skills. If schools kill creativity as Ken Robinson’s 2006 Ted Talk is titled than how do we in higher Education re-cultivate it? In this talk he quotes Picasso who said “that all children are born artists the trouble is to remain an artist as we grow up.” I believe this creative capacity still remains in the adult despite being discouraged for much of children’s life. It just may need to be rediscovered. As higher education educators we can re-awaken this capacity in our students.
Creative learning is at the centre of engagement for learners. Check out this beautiful diagram that is both creative and practical describing how creativity fits within Bloom’s taxonomy, works to motivate and engage the learner and how it fits within the bigger context of cultivating lifelong learners.
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Curiosity tends to be dominated by the right brain. In a world and school system that tends to prioritize left brain work we need to cultivate and promote both. We need to strike a balance. I have students say to me that they did terrible in school and have a low esteem when it comes to their intelligence. Where in fact they are incredibly creative individuals that didn’t necessarily thrive in the school system that prioritizes only 2 of 8 intelligences: linguistic and logical mathematical (Gardner as cited in Phillips & Vaughn, 2009). As teachers in higher education we can prioritize a balance of the eight intelligences by teaching to these intelligences and evaluating our students in this balanced way. Creating a place where all students can shine! In one of Ken Robinson’s most recent TED Talks (2013), perhaps the less viewed of his Ted Talks but a very important one, he talks about how it is crucial that we teach to diversity, entice curiosity and harness student’s creativity. He nicely summarizes that by doing this we create the “right conditions where people can thrive.” Ultimately we want our students to thrive; to discover their passions, strengths and develop their minds.
Check out this video titled: How to escape education’s death valley
For more free and interesting documents on creativity and education check out the Creativity portal http://creativityportal.org.uk
Phillips, R., & Vaughn, L. M. (2009). Diverse ways of knowing and learning: The impact of culture. The Open Medical Education Journal, 2, 49-56.