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OECD study on Haig Girl´s school

Including creativity and critical thinking

2013-01-30
Including creativity and other skills for innovation in national curricula is a helpful starting point for them to be taken seriously in school.

OECD study on Haig Girl´s school

Including creativity and critical thinking

OECD study on Haig Girl´s school
A new OECD study has shown up that an increasing number of countries see fostering of creativity and critical thinking as the next educational challenge: traditional good grades may no longer suffice to equip the workforce with the skills needed to fuel innovation-driven economic growth.

Singapore and Korea are two good examples of countries emphasising creativity, critical thinking and character building in their curricula.

A visit at Haig Girls’ School (go to site) in Singapore showed that this is more than just words. Creativity and innovation are at the heart of the project of this elementary school. Teachers have developed common criteria to monitor their students’ progress in “critical thinking” and in “creative and inventive thinking”. Students also assess themselves and their peers by answering questions such as “I am able to brainstorm multiple ways to reach a solution” (critical thinking) or “I am able to connect ideas in an interesting and creative manner to create a unique idea” (creative thinking).
 
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Including creativity and other skills for innovation in national curricula is a helpful starting point for them to be taken seriously in school.

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