2000px-global_open_educational_resources_logo-svgIn 1991 Jim Moran PhD and his colleagues from Tennessee University published an article entitled: “Creativity in Early Childhood Classrooms.” In it they stated that, according to their research, the percentage of original responses offered by children during ‘brainstorming’ activities drops from about 50% among four-year-old’s to 25% during the primary school years.

They concluded that the structured materials used in schools, and the instructions offered by teaching staff, reduced the flexibility of children and discouraged creativity. (Tegano, D.W., Moran, J.D. III, and Sawyers, J.K. (1991). Creativity in Early Childhood Classrooms. Washington, D.C.: National Education Association.)

Creative Thinking is a skill, it can be developed. A common perception is that we are born creative, not creative or somewhere in between and that is the end of the story. This is not so. It is something that we can become better at.

Creativity is developed by making connections. Unusual connections. It comes from laying aside the rules – even for just a little while – so that we are able to reach beyond logic and structure and tap into our imaginations more easily. This is the place where we store our sense of the ridiculous, our sense of being able to do the impossible and ultimately, our ability to see things differently, to find new and usable solutions.

The Course

This course will enquire into what creativity is, how we can develop it, and what the benefits of doing so are. It will challenge some of our preconceived notions of what creativity is.

Consider J. Robert Oppenheimer (creator of the atom bomb), Rik Mayall, Pele and Tracy Emin. All of them creative, not all of them appreciated for their creativity.

The course is based upon research and thinking into creativity, for example work and ideas of Edward De Bono is used and adapted.

By the end of the course delegates will have

•  Looked at what creativity is and how it can help them and / or their

•  Introduced and used simple but creative thinking methods and strategies.

This is a 10 to 12 hour course and can be done as two full days or in shorter sessions or a combination of the two. The subject material and focus will be tailored to the delegates and organisations involved.

Every Child Matters

Outsmart can contribute to the Every Child Matters agenda in the following ways

•  It can help children and young people achieve in the Enjoy and Achieve
and the Make a Positive Contribution outcomes

•  And it can help parents, voluntary and community organisations to develop
the above in children and young people

Recommended Reading

Creative Thinking Books
Thinking Course
Edward De Bono
Edward De Bono is an internationally recognised authority on the subject of Creative Thinking and this is probably a good overview of many of his ideas

Teaching Thinking and Creativity journal
Imaginative Minds Publications

Developing More Curious Minds
John Barrel

Lateral Thinking
Edward De Bono

Teach Your Child How to Think
Edward De Bono

Be Creative
Claxton and Lucas

Six Thinking Hats Edward De Bono
Excellent for education, business and other organisations