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Creativity and innovation are the new markers of success in an economy that is increasingly moving towards knowledge-intensive industries. Exceptional scientists, engineers, architects, entertainers, high-tech workers and business people all share important skills: the ability to apply new, innovative approaches to old problems and to try something radically new. (Di Cocco, 2006)
“ The teachers have to feel, and appreciate feeling that they’re going to feel supported, listened to…I know that in some traditional schools the door is closed, very difficult to be able to communicate with the immediate superior, which is not the case here.” (VP1, p. 6)
To me it’s like an open door. The first thing that you notice if that person has an open door is can they take a risk, because being creative is actually about taking a risk—you go on a limb. (Visual art teacher)
“ I think it’s [like] Leonardo da Vinci. He decided to do the Mona Lisa and no one was doing that, so he decided to take a risk and see if it would get him somewhere in the art business, and yeah, there we go.” (S4, p. 1)
I wouldn’t have had this advantage [being in an arts school], this knowing about creativity, because you’re in a normal school and they don’t teach arts as much. I probably wouldn’t know as much about creativity – except for creativity of how to draw a pie graph or something. (Canadian drama/arts student)