Teaching for creativity in the Australian curriculum classroom

Creativity is a core skill in the 21st century and has consequently been decomposed into a set of teachable capabilities and skills integrated into curricula. However, realising creativity in practice requires us to address a broader range of factors, such as the work or learning environment and the individual’s personality, cognitive strengths, and motivation. We need to develop a broader understanding of creativity if we’re to avoid the trap of treating creativity as yet another subject in an already crowded curricula.

So, what exactly is creativity in education? Why is it important? How do we teach it? Can it be assessed? Professor James C. Kaufman’s lecture will leverage his cutting edge psychological research to debunk common misconceptions about creativity, describe how learning environments can support creativity, while providing insights into teaching and assessing creativity within the established curriculum.

Professor James C. Kaufman is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. He received his PhD from Yale University in Cognitive Psychology in 2001. Professor Kaufman is an international leader in the field of creativity with over 35 books published in such areas as everyday creativity, the teaching and assessment of creativity, and the neuroscience of creativity.