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date: 17 August 2017

Creativity in Education

This is an advance summary of a forthcoming article in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. Please check back later for the full article.

Creativity is an essential aspect of teaching and learning that is influencing worldwide educational policy and teacher practice, and is shaping the possibilities of 21st-century learners. The way creativity is understood, nurtured, and linked with real-world problems for emerging workforces is a significant aspect of the way in which contemporary scholars and educators now approach creativity in schools. Creativity research commonly attends to creative ability, influence, and assessment along three broad themes: the physical environment, the pedagogical environment, and the role of partnerships in and beyond the school that emphasize the connectivity between individual and environment, self and others, and creator and culture.

Research on scholarship in creativity in education explores teachers’ practices, environments, curriculum, pedagogies, and organizational structures, identifying aspects of educational practice that both facilitate and impede creativity. Global trends and discourse in current creativity research distinguish measurably different approaches from traditional forms of “doing,” “knowing,” and “assessing.” They inform practicing and pre-service teachers, schools, and policy makers of the need to educationally innovate experiential dimensions, priorities, possibilities, and new kinds of partnerships in creativity education.