Contributor: Norman Jackson @lifewider1
Idea: The idea that creativity is the production of something novel/original can be a real turn off for most people. Erica McWilliam proposes a new definition that is much more user friendly. Creativity is often the result of making a third ‘thing’ from two existing things or ideas, rather than making something from nothing.
When confronted with a problem in any subject simply challenging learners to connect two seemingly unconnected things to come up with a potential solution can stimulate generative thinking. This is the basis for many design thinking exercises.
For classroom examples see www.creativeacademic.uk/resources (opens new window)
Reference: McWilliam E (2016) Two cheers for STEM three cheers for creativity