Teaching Creative Thinking: Developing learners who think critically and can solve problems

Teaching Creative Thinking: Developing learners who think critically and can solve problems

by Bill Lucan, Ellen Spencer


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Young people need more than subject knowledge in order to thrive-they need capabilities. The Pedagogy for a Changing World series details which capabilities really matter and how schools can develop them. A key capability is creative thinking, which is to be the focus of a new 2021 PISA test, based on the authors' research at the University of Winchester's Centre for Real-World Learning. Teaching Creative Thinking is a powerful call to action and a practical handbook for all teachers seeking to embed creativity into the school experiences of their students.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785832369
Publisher: Crown House Publishing
Publication date: 12/30/2017
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 954,288
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Professor Bill Lucas is Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning. With Guy Claxton he created the Expansive Education Network: an organisation of schools that share a common view of the goats of education. These goals are outlined in their seminal book, Educating Ruby. The model of creativity on which Teaching Creative Thinking is based is the subject of a 14-country study by the OECD and is shaping the development of the 2021 PISA test of creative thinking.

Dr Ellen Spencer is a senior researcher at the Centre for Real-World Learning. She has a PhD from the University of Warwick, where her doctoral research focused on the impact of policy on school improvement. With Bill Lucas and Guy Claxton, Ellen is co-author of Expansive Education: Teaching learners for the real world.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements i

Series Introduction: Capabilities and Pedagogy 1

Changing roles for schools 1

The purposes of education 3

Which capabilities matter most? 5

The idea of signature pedagogies 6

A four-step process to cultivating capabilities in young people 9

Learning to change 14

About the series 15

Chapter 1 Creative Thinking 17

A short history of creative thinking 17

Creative thinking in more detail 23

Why creative thinking matters today 28

Chapter 2 Cultivating Creative Thinkers 33

Teaching for capability 33

Five signature pedagogies 36

The ecology of creative thinking 40

Two core approaches 41

Putting it all together in a school 43

Focusing on the parts 46

Chapter 3 Getting Going 47

Inquisitive 48

Persistent 56

Collaborative 65

Disciplined 76

Imaginative 84

Chapter 4 Going Deeper 95

Leadership for creative thinking 96

Professional development for creative thinking 98

Personal development and real-world learning 100

Exploring signature pedagogies for cultivating creative thinking 102

Engaging parents with the idea of creative thinking 110

Co-curricular experiences for creative thinking 113

Chapter 5 Promising Practices 119

Rooty Hill High School, Sydney - leadership, visible thinking routines, professional learning and technology 120

Thomas Tallis School, London - leadership, whole-school integration and pedagogy 126

Redlands Primary School, Reading - growth mindsets, enquiry-based learning and the University of Redlands degree courses 130

Brunswick East Primary School, Melbourne - multi-age learning communities, thinking routines and Philosophy for Children 134

Our Lady of Victories Primary, Keighley - skills-led curriculum, sense of adventure and themed 'wonder weeks' 137

Duloe Church of England School, Liskeard - creative cross-curricular connections and teachers supported to take risks 139

OECD, France - PISA domains, understanding pedagogy and assessing progression in critical and creative thinking skills 144

Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, Australia - support for schools to develop signature pedagogies and innovative approaches to assessment of capabilities 147

New Pedagogies for Deeper Learning, Canada - research based, clarity of progression within its defined capabilities and a commitment to pedagogies for building capabilities 150

Four Dimensional Education, USA - research based, clarity of progression within its defined competencies and an alliance of education leaders 152

Creative Schools 154

Educating Ruby and Building Learning Power, UK 156

Chapter 6 Signs of Success 159

Pupils tracking progress 162

Teachers tracking progress 167

Real-world assessment options 173

Online assessment options 176

Chapter 7 Creative Challenges 181

Appendix: An A-Z of Teaching and Learning Methods for Developing Creative Thinkers 191

References 197

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