53. What is creativity? How can it be taught? How is it important? And should creative, arts and performance skills be a compulsory part of the education curriculum? (proposed by Bill & Thor; discussed September 8, 2013)

Politi­cians and man­age­ment gurus tell us end­less­ly that inno­va­tion is crit­i­cal to nation­al sur­vival. Yet inno­va­tion requires cre­ativ­i­ty, and cre­ativ­i­ty needs a mind­set which does not usu­al­ly spring from accoun­tants and process work­ers. In fact, the most dynam­ic part of many economies world­wide is (and always has been) found in arts, music, film, per­for­mance skills, inspired writ­ing (imag­i­na­tive or non-fic­tion), and fine design of all kinds. Should the­se activ­i­ties be pure­ly for an elite, or should they be fund­ed and nur­tured for every­one with­in the nation­al edu­ca­tion frame­work?

[This top­ic incor­po­rates ele­ments from Top­ics 24 and 32]

2 thoughts on “53. What is creativity? How can it be taught? How is it important? And should creative, arts and performance skills be a compulsory part of the education curriculum? (proposed by Bill & Thor; discussed September 8, 2013)

  1. thormay@yahoo.com Post author

    Back­ground Read­ing Links

    The fol­low­ing links are unlike­ly to be the best avail­able ref­er­ences for this top­ic, but they con­tain enough infor­ma­tion and ideas to form the basis for a solid dis­cus­sion (as opposed to offer­ing ran­dom unre­searched opin­ions):

    1. Edu­cat­ing for Cre­ativ­i­ty

    a) Yes, You Can Teach and Assess Cre­ativ­i­ty!
    http://www.edutopia.org/blog/you-can-teach-assess-creativity-andrew-miller

    b)How To Unlock Cre­ativ­i­ty
    http://www.digitaltonto.com/2011/how-to-unlock-creativity/

    c) Five Prin­ci­ples of Cre­ativ­i­ty
    http://www.digitaltonto.com/2011/5-principles-of-creativity/

    d) What Is Inno­va­tion?
    http://www.digitaltonto.com/2013/what-is-innovation/#more-12464

    e) Teach­ing For Cre­ativ­i­ty: Two Dozen Tips
    http://www.cdl.org/resource-library/articles/teaching_creativity.php

    2. Music in Edu­ca­tion

    a) The Val­ue of Music in Ear­ly Edu­ca­tion
    http://www.education.com/reference/article/value-music-early-education/

    b) The val­ue of music edu­ca­tion is being ques­tioned like nev­er before .. http://www.childrensmusicworkshop.com/advocacy/musicisbasic.html

    c) Play­ing an instru­ment helps tune the brain
    http://www.childrensmusicworkshop.com/advocacy/tunethebrain.html

    d) TEDxSyd­ney — Richard Gill — The Val­ue of Music Edu­ca­tion
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeRus3NVbwE

    e) DISCUSS: The Val­ue Of Music Edu­ca­tion
    http://learningmatters.tv/blog/web-series/discuss-the-value-of-music-education/9041/

    3. Art in Edu­ca­tion

    a) Why Art Edu­ca­tion?
    http://www.arteducators.org/advocacy/why-art-education

    b) Art Edu­ca­tion Aus­tralia
    http://www.arteducation.org.au/

    c) AEA Respon­se to the draft Aus­tralian Cur­ricu­lum: The Arts:
    http://www.arteducation.org.au/images/stories/files/Australian-Curriculum/AEA-Response-to-draft-Arts-Curriculum.pdf

    d) What are the edu­ca­tion­al val­ues asso­ci­at­ed with study­ing art?
    http://instructional1.calstatela.edu/laa/education_1.html

    e) Art edu­ca­tion
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_education

    4. Design in Edu­ca­tion

    a)The cre­ative cit­i­zen : under­stand­ing the val­ue of design edu
    http://eprints.qut.edu.au/56343/

    b) Big ques­tion: how much do you val­ue a for­mal web design edu­ca­tion?
    http://www.netmagazine.com/features/big-question-how-much-do-you-value-formal-web-design-education#null

    c) The Edu­ca­tion­al Val­ue of Chil­dren design­ing their own games
    http://www.ictinpractice.com/2013/the-educational-value-of-children-designing-their-own-games-by-yasemin-allsop/

    d) The Strate­gic Val­ue of Design
    http://strategicvalueofdesign.org/2012/05/19/future-possibilities-for-education/

    5. Dance in Edu­ca­tion

    a) What Can Dance Teach Us about Learn­ing?
    http://www.dana.org/news/cerebrum/detail.aspx?id=23500

    b) Dance edu­ca­tion
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dance_education

    c) Why Dance?
    http://danceplus.uk.com/the-role-and-value-of-dance-in-education/

    d) Stan­dards for Learn­ing and Teach­ing Dance in the Arts: Ages 5–18
    http://www.ndeo.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=893257&module_id=55431

    6. Dra­ma in Edu­ca­tion

    a) Why Teach Dra­ma? A Defense of the Craft
    http://www.childdrama.com/why.html

    b) The Ben­e­fits of Using Dra­ma in the ESL/EFL Class­room
    http://iteslj.org/Articles/Boudreault-Drama.html

    c) Process Dra­ma in Edu­ca­tion
    http://www.interactiveimprov.com/procdrmwb.html

    7. Writ­ing in Edu­ca­tion

    a) Labor offers $12m life­line to halt decline in Aus­tralian pub­lish­ing
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/02/labor-lifeline-to-halt-publishing-decline

    b) Why Amer­i­can Stu­dents Can’t Write
    http://www.theatlantic.com/debates/education/

    c) The Writ­ing Rev­o­lu­tion
    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/10/the-writing-revolution/309090/

    d) Can you teach cre­ative writ­ing?
    http://www.theguardian.com/education/2011/may/10/creative-writing-courses

    e) Why Dig­i­tal Writ­ing Mat­ters in Edu­ca­tion
    http://www.edutopia.org/blog/why-digital-writing-matters-jeff-grabill

    f) Top Five Rea­sons Writ­ing is Impor­tant for Kids
    http://www.educationnation.com/index.cfm?objectid=77F232A0-AF0A-11E0-9ADA000C296BA163

    g) Lost for words
    http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013–08/31/content_16933849.htm

    8. Gen­er­al Fine Arts Edu­ca­tion

    a) The Impor­tance of Fine Arts Edu­ca­tion
    http://www.katyisd.org/finearts/Pages/importance.aspx

    b) Arts pol­i­cy: where do Labor, the Coali­tion and the Greens st
    http://www.theguardian.com/culture/australia-culture-blog/2013/sep/02/arts-policy-neglected-election

    c) Cre­ative Aus­tralia — Oz Govt
    http://creativeaustralia.arts.gov.au

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