Teaching secondary geography
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3.1 Creativity in a wider context

Creativity can interact with education in the classroom in a number of ways. Sir Ken Robinson is a creativity expert. In an interview with Amy Azzam (2009), he summarises key points about creativity in teaching and learning. You will explore these and different modes of creativity in Activity 7.

Activity 7 Modes and importance of creativity

Timing: Allow about 1 hour

Part 1

Scroll down to the bottom of the article, ‘Why creativity now? A conversation with Sir Ken Robinson’ [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] , and click on the video. Listen to Sir Ken Robinson’s conversation with Amy Azzam and make notes under the following headings:

  • Misconceptions about creativity
  • The importance of creativity in the modern world
  • The problem of creativity and standardised testing
  • The social dimension to creativity
  • Whether creativity can be taught
  • Creativity and assessment.

(Alternatively, you can read a transcript.)

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Part 2

Rework your notes into Table 1 or a mindmap, under the most appropriate headings.

Table 1 Modes of creativity

Creativity (as in behaving creatively)

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Creative teaching (as in teaching to support creative development)

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Teaching creatively (as in using your own creativity to develop lessons that interest and motivate pupils)

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Creative learning (as in learning to be creative and learning in creative ways)

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