A regular criticism leveled at education is the function (and sometimes the lack of) creativity in motivating and inspiring learning. Creativity these days is seen as something ‘special’ and worth capturing.
However, when it comes to creativity in education, there are many aspects to consider. Every student is creative in some way, and the job of educators is to release and support that creative talent in an appropriate manner. Of course, not every student is a musical Mozart or a scientific Stephen Hawkings. That is not the point for educators. The point is capturing creativity to empower knowledge transactions and and in so doing also help prepare students for the digitally diverse and changing nature of our society.
A working definition of creativity is offered by Faultley & Savage (2010, p.6), which does capture nicely the transactions taking place in a learning environment such as a classroom.
Creativity involves mental…
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