Essay about Creativity And Its Importance On Education

1984 Words Dec 21st, 2016 8 Pages
Introduction Whereas some understanding about creativity and its importance in education exists, many questions remain. For example, while individual aptitudes have been explored as academic outcome predictors (Alloway & Alloway, 2010; Noftle & Robins, 2007), their relationship to creativity lays at the fringes of academic research (Plucker, Beghetto, & Dow, 2004). Although it is considered a higher-order cognitive skill (McWilliam & Dawson, 2008; Perkins, 1990; Sternberg, 2006 Yang, Wan, & Chiou, 2010), recent studies and creativity theorists have suggested that creativity is declining among all age levels (Kim, 2011; Plucker, 1999; Robinson, 2011). Some of the emphasis on creativity as an important learning outcome is connected to economic realities. Creativity and innovation are among the top priorities for a 21st century workplace and economy (Florida, 2004; Florida & Goodnight, 2005; McWilliam & Dawson, 2008). We must educate future leaders in business and industry who can exhibit creativity to succeed in a global economy (Amabile, 1998; Amabile & Khaire, 2008).

Consequences 1,2,3 of declining creativity in education
The consequences of a society in which creativity is declining may not seem dire. Particularly in education, the current emphasis has been placed on standards, curriculum proficiencies, and accountability, while creativity as a learning outcome has not been emphasized, particularly in the post No Child Left Behind (NCLB) era (Robinson, 2011). Yet there…

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