Promoting creativity in education : from policy to practice : an Australian perspective

Lassig, Carly J. (2009) Promoting creativity in education : from policy to practice : an Australian perspective. In Proceedings the 7th ACM Conference on Creativity and Cognition : Everyday Creativity, The Association for Computing Machinary, University of California, Berkeley, Calif, pp. 229-238.


In the 21st century, our global community is changing to increasingly value creativity and innovation as driving forces in our lives. This paper will investigate how educators need to move beyond the rhetoric to effective practices for teaching and fostering creativity. First, it will describe the nature of creativity at different levels, with a focus on personal and everyday creativity. It will then provide a brief snapshot of creativity in education through the lens of new policies and initiatives in Queensland, Australia. Next it will review two significant areas related to enriching and enhancing students’ creative engagement and production: 1) influential social and environmental factors; and 2) creative self-efficacy. Finally, this paper will propose that to effectively promote student creativity in schools, we need to not only emphasise policy, but also focus on establishing a shared discourse about the nature of creativity, and researching and implementing effective practices for supporting and fostering creativity. This paper has implications for educational policy, practice and teacher training that are applicable internationally.

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ID Code: 28958
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Australia, education, creativity, school, policy, student, teacher, self-efficacy
ISBN: 9781605588650
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
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