Forth Valley Creative Learning is a new collaboration between Education in Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire, creating opportunities together to explore creativity and creative learning through creative conversations, talks, CPD and networks.
Professor Brian Boyd
Falkirk Town Hall, Falkirk
Wednesday, May 1st 2013
4.30pm – 6.30pm
Whether the focus is on early years or university, on the arts or on Higher Order Thinking (HOT), creativity has become a focus for education systems across the world. So, why now? What is the impetus for trying to make learning more creative?
Professor Boyd will argue that while a number of factors are at play including
preparation for the workplace, economic success, life-long learning and even national identity, the most important is self-actualisation. Put simply, all learning is a creative process and if we are genuinely educating “the whole child”, then creativity should be at the heart of that process. He will draw on work by Howard Gardner (“Five Minds for the Future”), David Perkins (Teaching for Understanding”) and Robert Fisher (“Teaching Children to Think”) and will argue that the vision of Curriculum for Excellence is to prepare young people for the unknown and to enable them to apply their learning in new and unfamiliar contexts. Whether it is big “C” or small “c” creativity, the challenge is to infuse the curriculum with creativity…and, in so doing, to empower young people to look beyond examination success and fulfil their potential.