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Creativity in Schools. A Global overview – Bill Lucas


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This presentation was given by Bill Lucas at the conference “Creativity and Critical Thinking Skills in School: Moving a shared agenda forward” on 24-25 September 2019, London, UK.

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Creativity in Schools. A Global overview – Bill Lucas

  1. 1. CREATIVITY IN SCHOOLS Centre for Real-World Learning Prof Bill Lucas @LucasLearn A global overview
  2. 2. Countries across the world are specifying creativity
  3. 3. Thinking about critical and creative thinking OECD 2030 Framework for Education
  4. 4. Our model of creativity
  5. 5. 4 years of research into teaching and assessing creativity
  6. 6. A positive impact on achievement Focus Type of study Authors and date Effect size Critical Thinking Meta-analysis Abrami et al., 2015 medium Critical Thinking Meta-analysis Higgins et al., 2005 large Creativity Meta-analysis Gajda et al., 2016 small Lucas, Bill (2019)
  7. 7. A cyclical process of embedding creativity
  8. 8. 1. Learning almost always framed by engaging questions which have no one right answer 2. Space for activities which are curious, authentic, extended in length, sometimes beyond school, collaborative and reflective 3. The opportunity for play and experimentation 4. Opportunity for generative thought, where ideas are greeted openly 5. Opportunity for critical reflection in a supportive environment 6. Respect for difference and the creativity of others 7. Makes creative processes visible and valued 8. Actively engages students as co-designers 9. Integrates a range of assessment practices within teaching 10.Leaves space for the unexpected Ten principles for a creative eco-system
  9. 9. 1. Teach knowledge and creativity/critical thinking
  10. 10. 2. Make creative thinking visible and habitual
  11. 11. Problem-based Learning 1. Questioning techniques 2. Mantle of the Expert 3. Philosophy for Children 4. Role play and simulation 5. Reframing 6. Perspective taking Growth mindset 7. Group working 8. Peer teaching 9. Authentic assessment Classroom as Learning Community Deliberate Practice 10. Drafting 11. Expert demonstration 12. Student feedback 13. Possibility Thinking 14. Process mapping 15. Meditation Playful Experimentation
  12. 12. How learners build capabilities Adapted from: Whitebread, D., Kuvalja, M., & O'Connor, A. (2015). Quality in Early Childhood Education: an International Review and Guide for Policy Makers.
  13. 13. Web E-mail Twitter @LucasLearn