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Fostering Creativity and Critical Thinking in Higher Education – Wendy Diaz Perez


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This presentation was given by Wendy Diaz Perez 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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Fostering Creativity and Critical Thinking in Higher Education – Wendy Diaz Perez

  1. 1. Fostering Creativity and Critical Thinking in Higher Education
  2. 2. 2 Jalisco CDMX Our country Population 119,938,473 Languages 69 national languages (68 indigenous and Spanish) Educational enrollment by level Basic education 25,447,467 High school education 5,237,003 Higher education 3,864,995 Mexico Source: INEGI, 2015 & Gobierno de México, 2019 Source: INEGI, 2017
  3. 3. 3 Innovation Jalisco population 7,844,830 According to the mexican ranking of Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Jalisco presents as relevant positions: Higher Education 6° Business inovation 3° Intellectual property 3° Companies carrying out innovation projects nationwide 7.2% Companies with Innovative products nationwide 8.6% Foreign Direct Investment in 2015 2,484.6 million dollars Industrial and / or technological parks 50 Jalisco Source: Gobierno de México, 2019, CAIINO, 2018, INEGI, 2015 & INEGI, 2013 ZMG
  4. 4. 4 UdeG Network The University of Guadalajara is a vigorous community, heir to an educational tradition forged along more than two centuries. The University offers studies in vocational high school, undergraduate an graduate academic programs. University of Guadalajara Total students 287,760 Students in higher education 127,330 Students in high school 160,430 Professors 16,785 Administrative staff 10,768 Source: INEGI, 2015 & Universidad de Guadalajara, 2018
  5. 5. 5 Jalisco ZMG Regional University Centers Subject specific University Centers CUALTOS - Tepatitlán de Morelos, Jal. CUCIÉNEGA - Ocotlán, Jal. CUCOSTA - Puerto Vallarta, Jal. CUCSUR - Autlán de Navarro, Jal. CULAGOS - Lagos de Moreno, Jal. CUNORTE - Colotlán, Jal. CUSUR - Ciudad Guzmán, Jal. CUTONALÁ - Tonalá, Jalisco. CUVALLES - Ameca, Jal. CUAAD - Arts, Architecture, and Design CUCBA - Biological and Agricultural Sciences CUCEA - Economic and Administrative Sciences CUCEI - Exact Sciences and Engineering CUCS - Health Science CUCSH - Social Sciences and Humanities UdeG Network University Network University Centers High School Education System Virtual University Center 9 Regional centers & 6 Specific centers 53 High schools, 69 modules & 27 extensions Offers high school, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs
  6. 6. High Schools Developing Creativity, Critical Thinking and other 21st Century Skills
  7. 7. • Phenomenon based learning • Transversal learning through the curriculum • Phenomenon are approached through different subjects Transformational project: TAE Ser Global : CLIL + Ph BL Rationale:
  8. 8. Integration of different subjects to create a single learning experience (transversal) Where students look at a phenomenon from different real-world/academic perspectives Develops systems thinking – seeing patterns – and inter-dependency Ser Global- Transversals Graphic novels Paintings Music Others Green gardens Video Products
  9. 9. Project planning and creation CONNECT
  10. 10. Creativity and exploration CONNECT
  11. 11. Reflection and self awareness CONNECT
  12. 12. Social Equity equality of access to quality teaching and learning environments regardless of socio-economic status 21st Century Global Competences development of competences alongside acquisition of knowledge Connectivity to the Real World connection between what students learn in school with what they experience, or may experience, outside the school Learner Self-confidence learning language alongside building self-confidence to use the language Motivation experiencing English language learning at school which encourages reaching for opportunities to engage in out-of-school/informal learning Relevance Learning the English language at the same time as developing thinking strategies and skills to use the language to achieve outcomes generally perceived as relevant by students CONNECT
  13. 13. Higher Education How are we going to confront the Connect generation?
  14. 14. • Higher Education has worked in the last years on the development of some of this skills. • In the discourse, in the planning document, and through strategies applied in certain programs Higher Education
  15. 15. . • Certificate on learning center pedagogies • Mentoring (module on fostering creativity) • Modules on other training courses Higher Education
  16. 16. Higher Education Conectáctica Congress on innovative practices PROFACAD, module on Creativity and Innovation
  17. 17. • We need to develop strategies to assess the outcomes and the skills generated • We need to train teachers • We need to create new and more flexible curriculums • We need to redesign our environmental learning spaces Higher Education
  18. 18. • For the UdeG the participation on this project would mean to network with other universities that have probably already found the mechanisms to evaluate the outcomes • It also represents the opportunity to implement in a more successful way the new Plan for next 6 years on the interdisciplinarity of the campus, the projects and the programmes, and the development of 21st Century Skills Higher Education
  19. 19. Contact details: My Life Journey Project. Students of High School San José del Valle, Tlajomulco, 2019