The Development of Creative Thinking through Six Thinking Hats and Web 2.0 Technologies

By Fotini Paraskeva, Aikaterini Alexiou, Lydia Koroneou, Sofia Mysirlaki, Adamantia Geomelou, Aikaterini-Maria Souki and Aggeliki Chatziiliou.

Published by The International Journal of Technologies in Learning

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Higher Education Institutions should provide well-designed learning experiences to foster 21st skills (creativity, collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking and flexibility). Creativity is recognized as both a transversal skill for lifelong learning and a driver for innovation. It is suggested that Web 2.0 technologies can support learners through the process of generating ideas. The aim of this study is to design and implement a blended learning environment based on Web 2.0 Technologies (Wikispaces) through De Bono’s ‘Six Thinking Hats’ method in order to foster students’ creative thinking. A quasi-experimental research involving 44 participants in comparison groups in pre/post-tests was conducted. The results revealed that the factors associated with creativity, such as fluency, elaboration, flexibility and originality, tended to increase during the experimental procedure. This study suggests that the proposed environment could support learners to engage in and bolster their creative thinking. Conclusively, the potential of designing web-based environments for enhancing creativity should be further studied in order to familiarize students with different creativity strategies and techniques and apply these skills to authentic learning contexts.

Keywords: Creative Thinking, Blended Learning, Web 2.0 Technologies

The International Journal of Technologies in Learning, Volume 22, Issue 2, June 2015, pp.15-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 11, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 739.411KB)).

Dr Fotini Paraskeva

Assistant Professor, Department of Digital Systems, University of Piraeus, Athens, Greece

Aikaterini Alexiou

PhD Candidate, Department of Digital Systems, University of Piraeus, Greece

Lydia Koroneou

Postgraduate student, Department of Digital Systems, University of Piraeus, Greece

Sofia Mysirlaki

PhD candidate, Department of Digital Systems, University of Piraeus, Greece

Adamantia Geomelou

Postgraduate student (MSc student at eLearning MSc Program), Department of Digital Systems, University of Piraeus, Greece

Aikaterini-Maria Souki

Postgraduate student, Department of Digital Systems, University of Piraeus, Greece

Aggeliki Chatziiliou

State School Teacher, Senior High School, University of Piraeus, Athens, Attiki, Greece