Teaching Creative Thinking offers a beacon of light over a hitherto misty landscape as Bill Lucas and Ellen Spencer, of the Centre for Real-World Learning, share their expertise on a pedagogical niche that teachers have sought for years yet no one has ever so finely articulated.
The book opens with a review of related literature and a summary of key research findings, and this is followed up with an in-depth exploration of pedagogies for developing critical and creative thinking. The authors view the teaching of creative thinking as a means of ensuring that the learner will become imaginative, inquisitive, persistent, collaborative and disciplined. The core of Teaching Creative Thinking considers these five key capabilities and how they can be nurtured by an effective teaching framework. The authors offer useful suggestions for teaching approaches, learning strategies, practical activities and stimulating assignment material that can help learners acquire the capabilities of creative thinking and form the foundation of meaningful life skills.
Teaching Creative Thinking concludes appropriately with an offering of invaluable case study examples as well as an examination of creative thinking as applied to leadership skills, professional development, effective assessment methodology and wider community involvement.