Creative learning has huge benefits for individuals and society in terms of wellbeing, employability and skills development.
Creative Learning Academy in EYNCRIN provides lifelong learning opportunities that apply to a range of settings – anywhere where learning takes place – in and out of formal education. We are committed to increasing the quantity and quality of opportunities for young people to develop their full potential though the arts and creativity. We encourage youth organisations to clarify and develop the reach, relevance and power of learning opportunities they plan and deliver within and outwith, their organisations.
EYNCRIN`s approach to Creative Learning is as follows:
creative learning takes place when arts and cultural activity leads intentionally to the development of understanding, knowledge and skills.
Our Creative Learning activities cover:
The reference to understanding, knowledge and skills is deliberately broad. Skills in an artform, creativity skills or personal development (softer) skills are equally important. It is for the organisation or practitioner to identify what they are intending to develop.
BETWEEN CREATIVITY AND CREATIVE LEARNING
Creative learning is…
Creativity as a process
The creative person
A focus on the nature of the creative person considers more general intellectual habits, such as openness, levels of ideation, autonomy, expertise, exploratory behaviour and so on. As far as the creative person is concerned, researches have studied the individual from a multitude of perspectives: so, two individuals can be creative but in different styles. The style of creativity measures the way in which creativity manifests itself (“How creative you are?” / “How does your creativity manifests itself?”) whilst the level of creativity measures the capacity to create (“In which degree are you creative?”).
Another important aspect of a creative individual is its personality. We are all unique and different in a way, but not all of us can get an advantage of it. We should be able to regard our potentials as resources that we can build on – especially in the areas we are effective. Exploiting these unique potentials of the personality we can acquire a stable self-esteem. Self-confidence is – on the other hand – a good basis for express novel associations and ideas, thus being creative.
One of the best ways to generate ideas is to ask a team to use known creativity techniques to derive solutions that make the best out of the human creative potential. Groups of different sizes and various professional profiles have a better chance of solving a problem than individuals do. This makes it especially important to take care of the group composition. The more diverse it is, the more it triggers divergent thinking.
The creative environment
A focus on place considers the best circumstances in which creativity flourishes, including degrees of autonomy, access to resources and the nature of gatekeepers. A creative environment is one where people feel at ease expressing their ideas and where positive backing is given in the development of those ideas.
How to enhance creativity?
Nickerson provides a summary of the various creativity techniques that have been proposed to foster creativity. These include approaches that have been developed by both academia and industry:
• Establishing purpose and intention
• Building basic skills
• Encouraging acquisitions of domain-specific knowledge
• Stimulating and rewarding curiosity and exploration
• Building motivation, especially internal motivation
• Encouraging confidence and a willingness to take risks
• Focusing on mastery and self-competition
• Promoting supportable beliefs about creativity
• Providing opportunities for choice and discovery
• Developing self-management (metacognitive skills)
• Teaching techniques and strategies for facilitating creative performance
• Providing balance