Creative thinking

Gain an insight into how creative thinking can assist students in embracing innovation and responding to uncertainty.

What is creative thinking?

The Australian Curriculum defines creative thinking as students being able to, "generate and apply new ideas in specific contexts, seeing existing situations in a new way, identifying alternative explanations, and seeing or making new links that generate a positive outcome.

Creative thinking is open-ended and an important skill-set for developing student's ability and confidence to learn and later work in new or changing circumstances.

How to teach creative thinking

The Australian Curriculum talks about critical and creative thinking as one general capability. This means that both critical and creative thinking are important skills in all the eight key learning areas - English, mathematics, science, humanities and social sciences, the arts, technologies, health and physical education, and languages.

In his Edspresso series interview Ron Beghetto argues that all students have the capacity to think creatively, and education can provide them with opportunities to develop creative thinking skills.

Creative thinking resources

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