Teaching for Creativity: From Theory to Practice

By Clare McCarty.

Published by The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum

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Practical experience in education repeatedly shows that almost all students have degrees of creativity which can be enhanced with appropriate pedagogy. Innovative thinking has been a significant characteristic in human evolution. It is arguably more important now than ever before. Independent thinking is more than receiving, processing, and applying information. It is the ability to interpret, to critically appraise, to handle abstract ideas, and to create. This is not incremental learning, which simply increases what we already know, but transformative learning. In the transformative brain, the qualities of “connectivity” and “integration” are important. When we link ideas in the creative act, sometimes apparently unconnected ones, we have the ability to enhance both learning and creativity.
This pedagogy for creativity combines a macroscale model for a course, unit, or lesson with a microstructure for the diverse elements of the process. The representation of the holistic, dynamic model is a learning wheel. In its diagrammatic form, purpose, product and engagement drive and interconnect the transformative process of learning. In addition to the model, a template is used in the process as an aid for the classroom teacher in applying the creative pedagogy. It provides a guide for planning beforehand, and a framework for reflective appraisal afterwards. The elements of the pedagogy are distilled from research literature on creativity and its relationship to language and learning. Research data on learning across the curriculum were collected over five years from the rich contexts of actual lessons and activities in one school.

Keywords: Pedagogy, Creativity, Learning, Teaching, Engagement, Purpose, Product

International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp.1-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 663.198KB).

Dr. Clare McCarty

Adjunct Lecturer, School of Education, Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law, School of Education, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

I read English at Kings College London and received my degree from the Universty of London. I then completed my Postgraduate Certificate of Eduction at the Institute of Education, London. This was followed, after fifteen years of teaching in London and Kampala Uganda, by a master’s degree also at the Institute of Education in the same English department, under the supervision of Dr Harold Rosen. Since then, I have lived in South Australia and for the last seven years taught at Flinders University. I was awarded a PhD by the University of Technology Sydney in 2011. English and drama have been a big part of my professional and personal life, but I have been drawn into the worlds of science and music. I have also represented teachers through the Australian Education Union locally, as president, and nationally and internationally.