The Role of Creativity in Teaching & Learning

My personal statement

I strongly believe that the lack of creativity is detrimental to a child’s education as it is an imperative role in successful pedagogy that should be valued as “equal to the importance of literacy” (Robinson, 2007). Part of teaching is helping people create themselves (Green, 2011), we must educate students into, rather than out of, their creative capacities (Robinson, 2007). This is not only because it “makes accessing and generating knowledge a highly engaging, relevant, and rewarding experience” in their learning, but it gives students the opportunity to dream and aspire, and ‘think outside of the box’ (Robson & Dusseldorp, 2015). This type of thinking is significant as the future economic world depends on that of creative minds (Finbarr, 2012), so educators aiming on relevancy, must take on the task of teaching children to have the ability to be innovative and creative (Piirto, 2011). This gives students a readiness for the unpredictable future of the 21st century that knowledge of facts cannot offer (Robson & Dusseldorp, 2015; Piirto, 2011), giving them purpose and self-motivation to carry out their own creative practices to fulfill their talents and dreams in our ever-changing world. Creative and imaginative people will always be able open to listening and learning or thinking themselves, of new ways to enjoy and love life; finding out more about themselves in the process.