C-R-E-A-T-I-V-I-T-Y in education: is there a place for it?

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Leaders are perceived as people with exceptional abilities which are impossible to be gained. Some even may use this notion to explain the limited number of leaders in the world. However, a number of researchers and writers (Adler, 2009; Davis, 1983; Harding, 2009) debunk this theory stating that all the qualities required for becoming a great leader are inherent in each of us. Our job is only to “wake-up” and evolve these qualities to a master level.

Paramount quality which serves as a “moving engine” for leadership is creativity. Harding (2010) postulates that creativity is “that force in each of us that begins with a yearning to answer an unanswered (or ill-answered) question by imagining more than one answer” (p. 51). He implies that change and creativity are interlinked and are the products of imagination. Thus, in order to answer that question people need to train their minds to think creatively. How? Interestingly, there is even a book with exercises for enhancing the power of one’s imagination called Creativity is Forever by Gary Davis. Namely, he teaches how to acquire certain habits to “look at, listen to, and contemplate all sorts all stimuli through a new sensory lens, imagining new ways to observe and observing new ways to imagine” (Harding, 2010, p.52). Hence, developing creative thinking is a laborious process outcomes of which may transform one’s mind cardinally.

Teaching to think creatively is not more important than giving space to implement these creative thoughts. Students have to be confident about the possibility to nurture their creative thoughts into ideas. Transforming thought into ideas consequently leads to creative action. In order to realize their ideas students could be provided specific tasks —learn the ways of communication with others or reveling their creative ideas to others using means technology (Harding, 2010). Another method would be creating special courses for creative thinking and acting which do not follow conventional teaching method.

All in all, creative thinking and acting are part and parcel of leadership the vitality of which is undermined today. Developing the former ones can make the latter more effective. However, these skills should be carefully cultivated and tested in practice.

Do you believe there is a place for creative thinking and acting in our education? How could we possibly integrate it into our education?

References

Adler, H. (2009, September). Attributes of great leaders. Leadership Excellence, 26(9), p.18.

Davis, G. (1983). Creativity is Forever. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt.

Harding, T. (2010). Fostering creativity for leadership and leading change. Arts Education Policy

                             Review, 111(2), p. 51-53.

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5 thoughts on “C-R-E-A-T-I-V-I-T-Y in education: is there a place for it?

  1. Dear Lenera,

    I highly recommend you to watch the video called “I just sued the school” where someone talks about how school kills creativity and the worst sides of school in general. I would say that in order for good to exist, there should be black. There is no good without bad. The same goes for creativity. I believe that creativity is born when there is a restriction.

    Thank you for your great post!!

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  2. Dear Lenera,
    I really enjoyed your post. In think even nowadays many people consider creativity as inborn ability. For example: if somebody was not born creative person with innovative ideas inserted in his/her mind, then he or she will never develop them. To my opinion it isn’t true. Every individual human being is unique and our thoughts and ideas are unique too. Moreover, power of imagination is also great source for creations that should be considered. In the field of education we should try to encourage the strength of imagination and creativity. Every child can find a way to creativity and reveal it under the guidance of professional teacher. I hope such courses will be included in school schedule, as well as classes aimed at critical thinking.

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  3. Interesting topic, Lenera! I am sure that creativity is inherent to each of us. And of course, children must be guided how to develop this skill. In my opinion, creativity is an ability to connect two already existing different ideas to create something unique. Therefore, there is no need in teaching children to create something out of the blue.

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  4. Great job, Lenera. (5/5) Creativity in education is often hard to define and discuss in concrete terms. Your post, supported with appropriate outside sources, makes a clear step toward a better understanding of this issue.

    One note about APA citations. There are two elements missing from this reference. Can you find them?

    Harding, T. (2010). Fostering creativity for leadership and leading change. Arts Education Policy

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    1. Dear Mr. Montgomery,

      Thank you for your feedback.

      I think something wrong happened with formatting and those 2 APA elements went below their usual place. I looked carefully and found them.
      Review, 111(2), p. 51-53.

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