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Teaching creative thinking: Advice and examples

Embedding creative thinking into the curriculum alongside knowledge can be done, and is not an ‘either-or’ option. Professor Bill Lucas, co-author of a new book on creative thinking, offers some practical ideas and advice

Creative thinking is what you do when you are being creative and creativity is the outcome of this.

Creative activity is purposeful and generates something which is to some degree original and of value.

Almost always creative thinking is a social activity and almost always it takes place in response to an issue or problem facing an individual or group.

It is a multi-dimensional concept as the model below suggests, being made up of a cluster of five creative habits – being imaginative, inquisitive, persistent, collaborative and disciplined.

According to researchers, it is important both for developing creative people and because it also helps to boost student achievement. It has powerful advocates in Sir Ken Robinson, Matthew Taylor and Professor Michael Fullan. It makes us more employable according to the CBI.

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