COURSE: Creativity and Learning

 

ECTS:  6  per Semester

Description

This module examines the creativity in the context of education, an issue of great importance for teachers and students alike. It considers just how creativity “works” and how it can be encouraged. Creativity is recognized as a practical skill, one which can be taught and which everyone can achieve.

Aims

The aim of this module is to provide the student with

an understanding of the nature of the creativity, learning and education, and how creativity improves the self-esteem, motivation and achievement of learners.

It also includes knowledge about the obstacles that have creativity in education.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

Acquire solid knowledge of the concepts of creativity, learning and the connection with education.

Acquire knowledge about the innovation and the relationship with creativity.

Acquire knowledge about the obstacles to be creative in the educational process.

Acquire knowledge about specific examples of how creativity works in the frame of education.

Syllabus indicative content

1. Meanings of creativity.

2. Conditions for the development of creativity.

3. Learning and education.

4. Other important concepts: knowledge, innovation, motivation, attitude, frames.

5. The use of ICTs.

Assessment

Reading and comment texts (weighting)  60%

Participation  40%

Reading list

Andrews, B.H. (2005). Art, reflection, and creativity in the classroom: The student-driven art course. Art Education, 58(4), 35-40.

Campbell, L.H. & Simmons III, S. (Eds.). (2012). The heart of art education: Holistic approaches to creativity, integrations, and transformation. Reston, VA: National Art Education Association.

Craft, A. (2005). Creativity in Schools: Tensions and Dilemmas.Oxon: Routledge.

Edwards, B. (1999). The new drawing on the right side of the brain. Putnam Publishing.

Gardner, H. (2007). Five Minds for the Future. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School.

Lloyd, K.; Smith, P. (2009). Developing creativity in the primary school: a practical guide for school leaders. Nottingham: National College for School Leadership.

Marshall, J. (2005). Connecting art, learning, and creativity: A case for curriculum integration. Studies in Art Education, 46(3), 227-241.

Pink, D. (2005). A whole new mind: moving from the informational age to the conceptual age. New York: Penguin.

Sternberg, Robert J. (2007). Wisdom, Intelligence, and Creativity Synthesized. Cambridge: Cambridge UP.

Wilson, A. (2009). Creativity in Primary Education. 2nd ed. Exeter:Learning Matters.

http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/learningteachingandassessment/approaches/creativity/about/index.asp

http://www.creativelearningcentre.org.uk/

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