If you need evidence that creativity plays a crucial role then check out the research findings below:
"65% of today’s preschoolers will grow up to work in jobs that don’t exist yet -Forbes 2014
82% of professionals wished they had more exposure to creative thinking as students - Adobe Study 2013
For 7 out of 8 years creativity and innovation have been the top ranked strategic imperative - The Boston Consulting Group
Lets also not forget the purpose of our lives:
Happiness and creativity go hand in hand - Psychology of Aesthetics Creativity and the Arts, online, 2010
World leading researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the creator of the notion of 'flow and the secret to happiness', discovered the great benefits of "being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one .......Your whole being is involved, and you're using your skills to the utmost."
Designing an educational experience that includes true creativity includes some important elements that are highlighted below:
Paul Collard of internationally recognised Creative Partnerships suggests, “Creative skills aren’t just about good ideas, they are about having the skills to make good ideas happen.” He said 5 major areas should be included: Imagination; Being disciplined or self-motivated; Resiliency; Collaboration; Giving responsibility
Creativity happens within structure. Studies, including a meta-analysis by American psychologist Ellis Paul Torrance suggest that creativity instruction is best with clear structure.
Exploring different cultures within a project is way to foster unique ideas and strengthen your creative thinking. 'Thinking Hats & Coloured Turbans' by Dr. Kirpal Singh validates how cultural contexts are central to creative endeavours.
The theory of multiple intelligences developed by Dr. Howard Gardner, suggests that people can be intellegent is a variety of ways that were not considered before including visual, kinesthetic and naturalistic. A successful creative project needs to allow all these thinking styles to surface.
Research also suggests that the best creativity instruction ties in the emotions of the learner in a supportive environment
What are you waiting for? Jump into a creativity today!