Creativity and the Brain – Learning to Create

Creativity and the Brain – Learning to Create


Creativity is a complex concept. Researchers in neuroscience and psychology, not to mention philosophy, struggle to define creativity – let alone truly understand it. Yet somehow all teachers are expected to be creative, teach creatively and impart creativity to their students along with a bunch of other 21st Century Skills. We know creativity exists. Artists and musicians famously make a living from it, and cities and buildings are created as a result of it. The idea that, as a teacher, we have the opportunity to foster creativity in our students who may leave our classrooms to make fascinating contributions to the world we live in is exciting. So how do we make it happen (in the limited time that we have)? In this course, teachers will explore 21st Century Skills, why they exist and what we should do with them. Teachers will learn from research in neuroscience, cognitive psychology and education about how the brain generates new ideas. Teachers will look at the differences between guided instruction, direct instruction (or explicit teaching) and discovery learning and think about how they can use research to inform their teaching strategies to develop creative and engaged learners.

This academically challenging course is great if you are a teacher who would like to think deeply about the theory behind your pedagogy, as you consider ways you can facilitate creativity in your classroom.

Would you like to purchase this course for multiple teachers in your school?

Please Note: In order receive your Certificate of Completion you will need to complete the Feedback Form and make a comment when requested in the discussion boards within this course.

Certificates are issued within 30 days of submission of the Feedback Form. If you urgently require a certificate sooner than this to meet your accreditation deadline please email and we will do our best to help you.

Technology Requirements: You will need a device connected to the internet, a current web browser with a flash player enabled to access this course. NB. This course may not display correctly on an iPad, but should work on most other devices, including mobile devices.

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