dal 1 Settembre 2014 al 30 Novembre 2015
Descrizione del progetto
he project brings together formal theories and principles of creative thinking, informal learning and ICT resources, within a range of accessible and applicable contexts that support teaching and learning within the areas of literacy and foreign language education.
Project Outputs: The project outputs include a set of ‘train the trainer’ guidelines that include the core principles of creative thinking. Through exercise based examples and theories, trainers will become proficient in teaching the principles of creative thinking within the context of learning resource and activity development.
A training package for teachers that provides a set of modules designed around thematic areas of creative thinking and informal learning has been produced. The modules provide creative thinking methods through examples and instruction, for use as starting points for creative resource generation.
A sustainable course plan has been produced to offer potential for the project to be sustained beyond the original term as a structured training course for educational staff.
A DVD presentation has been produced based on the key results of the project, as a way to raise awareness of the project materials and tools.
All materials exist in the four languages of the project partners.
Creative thinking is often considered to be a rare but innate ability that only certain people posses.
Contrary to this idea there exists a wealth of well-researched and well-documented articles and books that subscribe to the idea that creative thinking is a ‘skill’ (or set of skills) that can be both taught and learnt.
The project partners support the idea that following a set of principles within a structured methodology, most (if not all) people can and will become more creative in their problem* solving abilities.
A number of eminent theorists have published work in the field of creative thinking, with perhaps the most esteemed of these being Edward De Bono. Author of the hugely influential book ‘Lateral thinking: A textbook of creativity‘ in 1970, De Bono has gone on to publish over 60 books related to the subject. Incidentally the project team consider the term ‘lateral thinking’ to be synonymous with the term ‘creative thinking’.
Along with other theorists on the subject such as Michael Mikalko, Tony Buzan et al, creative thinking has found a credible home within many organisations around the world, either as part of the ethos of development and innovation, or introduced through staff training and consultation.
Of course the internet has provided access to innumerable articles and resources; which is great for the aspiring creative thinker!
Following a four-step process of defining creative problems, creating ideas, selecting ideas, and finally implementing ideas, creative thinking can be a very powerful agent for positive change, which by definition is most often innovative.
The Creative thinking in Literacy & language skills project aims to deploy similar approaches within these two specific contexts of education, enabling staff not only to benefit from creative thinking instruction, but also to be able to teach the subject themselves.
Our belief is that this will enable the widest dissemination of the principles and methodologies to promote ‘creative frames of mind’ for teachers and learners alike.
Enhancement to the learning experience through formal creative thinking approaches is a significant goal for us.
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