Creativity in Higher Education: helping students achieve their true creative potential David J. Adams UK Centre for Biosci...
Students and creativity <ul><li>Solve problems creatively </li></ul><ul><li>Work creatively with existing ideas </li></ul>...
Creativity training
Creative frameworks ‘ The Create Process’ (http://www.diegm.uniud.it/create/) <ul><li>Predisposition: work environment, cu...
Creative environments
Creativity and chocolate
Creativity and music
Creative uses for CDs
Creative frameworks Diverge 1 Objective Finding Diverge Converge Converge Converge Converge Diverge Diverge 6 Acceptance F...
‘ Whole brain thinking’ <ul><li>DIVERGENT </li></ul><ul><li>or ‘RIGHT BRAIN’ or </li></ul><ul><li>‘ K A L E I D O S C O P ...
New perspectives?
Creativity in the Biosciences Website
Creativity in the Biosciences website <ul><li>Cutting edge research (short films) </li></ul><ul><li>Promotion of creativit...
Promoting creativity in individuals Analogies Brainstorming and mind-mapping Challenging assumptions Clich é s and proverb...
Curiosity/inspiration from the unusual: Kevlar ‘ Chance favours only the prepared mind’ Louis Pasteur
Challenging assumptions Dyson iMac Polymerase Chain Reaction
Challenging assumptions
Challenging assumptions ‘ THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX’
Analogy Hubble telescope Showerhead
Analogy: bio-inspiration Leaves/crisps Lotus leaf/self-cleaning paint Cocklebur/Velcro Woodpecker/crash helmet
Brainstorming and mindmapping Freemind: http://freemind.sourceforge.net
S.C.A.M.P.E.R. (a checklist of questions) <ul><li>S ubstitute  –   WHAT ELSE COULD WE DO/USE INSTEAD?  </li></ul><ul><li>C...
S.C.A.M.P.E.R. (a checklist of questions) S ubstitute   P ut to other uses     C ombine E liminate A dapt   R earrange / R...
Entrepreneurship in H.E. conference and S.C.A.M.P.E.R. S ubstitute   –  entrepreneurs in schools C ombine  –  with researc...
Incubate and communicate
Group chat and ‘Fridge magnets’
Submitting ideas/ ‘Fridge magnets’
Promoting creativity in groups <ul><li>Group brainstorming </li></ul><ul><li>Lotus blossom </li></ul><ul><li>Six Thinking ...
Promoting creativity in groups  Brainstorming: Post-its
Devise novel approaches for solubilization and stabilization of proteins Promoting creativity in groups  Brainstorming: Grid
Promoting creativity in groups  Six Thinking Hats
Promoting creativity in groups: Lotus Blossom
Acknowledgements <ul><li>Many thanks to: </li></ul><ul><li>Paul Grimshaw </li></ul><ul><li>Steve Paxton </li></ul>
Creativity and Research-led Teaching website THE SITE IS AVAILABLE TO USERS OUTSIDE LEEDS:   http://www.fbs.leeds.ac.uk/cr...
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Malaysia 2009

  1. 1. Creativity in Higher Education: helping students achieve their true creative potential David J. Adams UK Centre for Bioscience and Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds
  2. 2. Students and creativity <ul><li>Solve problems creatively </li></ul><ul><li>Work creatively with existing ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Generate ideas </li></ul>
  3. 3. Creativity training
  4. 4. Creative frameworks ‘ The Create Process’ (http://www.diegm.uniud.it/create/) <ul><li>Predisposition: work environment, culture </li></ul><ul><li>External mapping </li></ul><ul><li>Internal mapping </li></ul><ul><li>Idea generation </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul>
  5. 5. Creative environments
  6. 6. Creativity and chocolate
  7. 7. Creativity and music
  8. 8. Creative uses for CDs
  9. 9. Creative frameworks Diverge 1 Objective Finding Diverge Converge Converge Converge Converge Diverge Diverge 6 Acceptance Finding Osborn-Parnes Creative Problem Solving (CPS) 2 Fact Finding 3 Problem Finding 4 Idea Finding 5 Solution Finding Steps Stages 1 - 3 Identifying and Clarifying the Challenge 4 - 5 Generating and Evaluating Ideas 6 Implementing solutions
  10. 10. ‘ Whole brain thinking’ <ul><li>DIVERGENT </li></ul><ul><li>or ‘RIGHT BRAIN’ or </li></ul><ul><li>‘ K A L E I D O S C O P E’ </li></ul><ul><li>THINKING </li></ul><ul><li>Intuition </li></ul><ul><li>Imagination </li></ul><ul><li>Questioning </li></ul><ul><li>Re-arranging </li></ul><ul><li>New perspectives </li></ul><ul><li>CONVERGENT </li></ul><ul><li>or ‘LEFT BRAIN’ </li></ul><ul><li>THINKING </li></ul><ul><li>Logical </li></ul><ul><li>Rational </li></ul><ul><li>Selection </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul>+
  11. 11. New perspectives?
  12. 12. Creativity in the Biosciences Website
  13. 13. Creativity in the Biosciences website <ul><li>Cutting edge research (short films) </li></ul><ul><li>Promotion of creativity in individuals </li></ul><ul><li>Group chat’ and ‘Fridge magnets’ </li></ul><ul><li>Structured group sessions </li></ul>
  14. 14. Promoting creativity in individuals Analogies Brainstorming and mind-mapping Challenging assumptions Clich é s and proverbs Curiosity Google-storming Idea dump Importance of a fresh eye Personal analogy Synonyms SCAMPER
  15. 15. Curiosity/inspiration from the unusual: Kevlar ‘ Chance favours only the prepared mind’ Louis Pasteur
  16. 16. Challenging assumptions Dyson iMac Polymerase Chain Reaction
  17. 17. Challenging assumptions
  18. 18. Challenging assumptions ‘ THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX’
  19. 19. Analogy Hubble telescope Showerhead
  20. 20. Analogy: bio-inspiration Leaves/crisps Lotus leaf/self-cleaning paint Cocklebur/Velcro Woodpecker/crash helmet
  21. 21. Brainstorming and mindmapping Freemind: http://freemind.sourceforge.net
  22. 22. S.C.A.M.P.E.R. (a checklist of questions) <ul><li>S ubstitute – WHAT ELSE COULD WE DO/USE INSTEAD? </li></ul><ul><li>C ombine – BLEND METHODS/MATERIALS/IDEAS? </li></ul><ul><li>A dapt – COPY EXISTING APPROACH IN NEW CONTEXT? </li></ul><ul><li>M odify – CHANGE MEANING, SIZE, FREQUENCY etc.? </li></ul><ul><li>P ut to other uses – RE-PURPOSE MATERIALS? </li></ul><ul><li>E liminate – DIVIDE, SEPARATE, SUBTRACT, DELETE? </li></ul><ul><li>R earrange/ R everse – DO THE OPPOSITE, WORK BACKWARDS? </li></ul>
  23. 23. S.C.A.M.P.E.R. (a checklist of questions) S ubstitute P ut to other uses C ombine E liminate A dapt R earrange / R everse M odify
  24. 24. Entrepreneurship in H.E. conference and S.C.A.M.P.E.R. S ubstitute – entrepreneurs in schools C ombine – with research-led teaching A dapt – what’s happening in other countries? M odify – entrepreneurship in HE and industry P ut to other uses – advertise new initiatives E liminate – focus on e.g. bioscience R earrange/ R everse – seek students’ views
  25. 25. Incubate and communicate
  26. 26. Group chat and ‘Fridge magnets’
  27. 27. Submitting ideas/ ‘Fridge magnets’
  28. 28. Promoting creativity in groups <ul><li>Group brainstorming </li></ul><ul><li>Lotus blossom </li></ul><ul><li>Six Thinking Hats </li></ul>
  29. 29. Promoting creativity in groups Brainstorming: Post-its
  30. 30. Devise novel approaches for solubilization and stabilization of proteins Promoting creativity in groups Brainstorming: Grid
  31. 31. Promoting creativity in groups Six Thinking Hats
  32. 32. Promoting creativity in groups: Lotus Blossom
  33. 33. Acknowledgements <ul><li>Many thanks to: </li></ul><ul><li>Paul Grimshaw </li></ul><ul><li>Steve Paxton </li></ul>
  34. 34. Creativity and Research-led Teaching website THE SITE IS AVAILABLE TO USERS OUTSIDE LEEDS: http://www.fbs.leeds.ac.uk/creativity/

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