Saturday, January 5, 2019

Creativity & Education

Educators are just like those skillful craftsmen or dedicated gardeners, to discover the innovative way to educate, to nurture creativity and keep it grow and mature.

Creativity has emerged as one of the most wanted professional capabilities. But there is still serendipity about creativity. Creativity is fresh and new every time. Is creativity nature or nurtured? Can creativity be taught, how can today’s education system produce more creative leaders and professionals? Are modern educators both the artist and engineer for crafting talent?




Creativity can be developed, but cannot be taught completely:
We have to admit, some people are just more creative than others. A person must find ways to stimulate creativity, break down convention thinking box, be original and be yourself. Creativity is an innate thought process to generate novel ideas. Education can instill certain knowledge or thinking techniques, but creativity can not be taught completely. In the traditional education setting, creativity is neither encouraged nor evaluated cohesively. The focus to tap the creative power is on how creativity is viewed, citing two views: One being innate and the other of teaching some mechanics. Sometimes the outdated education methodologies even stifle creative thinking and add a static little box to limit imagination and block the fountain of creativity. Creativity is both nature and nurtured. Creativity is not something you can learn as a topic, it is something you acquire and use, not just for learning, but for life itself. To be creative, you have to enjoy the freedom of thinking, imagining, metaphorical communicating, trying, learning, doing, failing, and improving, etc. One of the things is essential for education in creativity to really thrive is that people understand that creativity is a way of being, being innovative is the state of mind; it requires internal motivation and self-awareness; it's very personal, and it also takes continuous practices. Creativity is like a muscle, you must exercise it daily or it atrophies.

Encouraging and rewarding creative thinking: To be creative, you need to be conscious, curious about the things that surround you. To be conscious is to be aware and engaged with both the inner world of thoughts, senses, choices, and the exterior world of synergy, experiences, and relationship. The interaction between these two parts of our existence is the home of our creativity. Although creativity cannot be taught completely, creativity needs to be clarified through multidisciplinary perspectives. Without clarity, creativity will only be known to humankind as serendipity, a fad or superficial set of steps in making the “magic” happening. Creativity usually, perhaps more often than not, involves some level of discomfort and interdisciplinary transcendence. The problem is that we can't order and classify creativity in the typical worldview. Where do you put transformative abstraction on an analytical scale? How do you measure creativity when it may look like eccentric and dysfunctional behavior, precisely because it is off the deep end of a spectrum of social conventional thinking. Education should promote creative thinking, and creativity can be nurtured by an open working or learning environment in which people learn to think multidimensionally, solve all kind of problems in alternative ways, generate fresh ideas, implement life changes with the positive attitude, encourage and reward "creative thinking, "Let creativity run wild, with a clearly defined end goal.


Creativity education is also about education in the area of creativity: Creativity is the end in this case. The core to the mission of creative education is “developing the next generation of innovators and thinkers. There are some techniques/strategies to implement in education such as PBL (problem-based learning) Collaborative/Cooperative learning and Project Oriented Learning, all of them foster creativity. The goal is to inspire and develop creativity in a structural way and teach techniques to play creativity oddballs skillfully. If you’re making, try putting two totally different things together to make something new; If you're writing, beautify your science, or rationalize your art; if you are painting, make the sky yellow and the trees blue.  Learn to "Think Different." Mostly think positive, think fun, think beyond your reach. As Einstein wisely put: "Knowledge is limited, but imagination encircles the world." It is educators who must first be creative enough to recognize divergent thinking and oddball answers from students as sometimes indicating a different slant or insight. To put simply, educators need to be creative enough to encourage creativity.

Creative thinking is unique and original, many other types of thinking are not; some are the habit, repetition of memory, the way of least resistance, emotional reaction, social conformity, approval seeking, or dogmatism. Collectively, as human society, inclusiveness is the soil to fertilize creativity, and educators are just like those skillful craftsmen or dedicated gardeners, to discover the innovative way to educate, to nurture creativity and keep it grow and mature.

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