THINKING AND CREATIVITY ACROSS THE CURRICULUM
University of Advancing Technology (UNITED STATES)
About this paper:
Appears in: INTED2009 Proceedings
Publication year: 2009
Conference name: 3rd International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 9-11 March, 2009
Location: Valencia, Spain
Abstract:Modern education is dealing with the explosion of information. It means that today’s knowledge will quickly become outdated. As a result, the goals for education shifted from memorization and imitation to creative thinking skills and inventiveness development. In this presentation, 21 modes of thinking and their cross-disciplinary application are examined. The paper (1) challenges the current notion that creativity cannot be taught; (2) affirms and promotes awareness of thinking process and it’s role in the invention or generation of new ideas in a given discipline; (3) supports the idea that the understanding, insights, and methodologies of several disciplines may enhance one another, thus enabling people to completely and effectively use their thinking capacity; and (4) offers general proposals for a new kind of program for stimulating and developing thinking and creativity skills across the curriculum.
Keywords: thinking, creativity, modes of thinking, curriculum, paradigm, thinking structure, analogical thinking.