CREATIVITY AND EDUCATION

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Hi there!

This week, let us have a look at how important is the role of creativity in today’s classroom and its benefits: learn with fun, freedom of expression, emotional development, enhances thinking capability, reduced stress and anxiety, boosts problem-solving skills, improves focus and attention, better communicators, innovative mindset, and the list goes on.
A growing number of colleges and universities are seeking to teach creative thinking through a variety of campus initiatives. But in what ways could a university improve and nurture creativity? Is creativity a goal to strive for in (higher) education? If so, how do we measure it? What are classroom strategies for improving creativity?
1. Do schools kill creativity?
Do you remember Sir Ken Robinson? (Yes, huge fan over here)  As an expert on education and creativity, he has a thing or two to say about creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity. Let’s all pay attention to his “class”.

2. Teaching Creativity Is A Necessary Part Of Undergraduate Education
Forbes shares an interview with the director of the Rick and Susan Sontag Center for Collaborative Creativity, Fred Leichter, about ways to integrate creativity into the college curriculum and experience.

3. Teaching for Creativity in Universities
For a dense reading, an article focusing on all the concepts of creativity in the University context. The article defends that “if the main purpose of education is to make a positive difference to students lives, by helping them develop their potential as fully as possible, promoting their creativity should be an explicit part of their higher education experience “.

4. Alike
To melt your hearts, this 3-D-animated short film shows us what can happen when creativity is stifled instead of embraced. Making wondering what standardization can do to your creativity?

5. Top unis for creative scene: Which?
University is the perfect place to broaden your cultural horizons. So which universities have a creative scene to shout (or even sing) about, according to students?

6. The future of education facilities: Creating spaces where learning happens everywhere
This article states that the art of designing schools lies not in just understanding what makes a functional classroom, but in how successful we are in creating a wide array of educational options for teachers and students within the school environment.

7. What creativity really is – and why schools need it
Creativity is the novelty-generating component of cultural evolution. As in any kind of evolutionary process, novelty must be balanced by preservation, and this article explains how.

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See you all next week!
Daniela