A Five-Dimensional Model of Creativity and its Assessment in Schools

Bill Lucas (2016) A Five-Dimensional Model of Creativity and its
Assessment in Schools, Applied Measurement in Education.

Creativity is increasingly valued as an important outcome of schooling,
frequently as part of so-called “21st century skills.” This article offers a
model of creativity based on five Creative Habits of Mind (CHoM) and
trialed with teachers in England by the Centre for Real-World Learning
(CRL) at the University of Winchester. It explores the defining and tracking
of creativity’s development in school students from a perspective of formative
assessment. Two benefits are identified: (a) When teachers understand
creativity they are, consequently, more effective in cultivating it in
learners; (b) When students have a better understanding of what creativity
is, they are better able to develop and to track the development of their
own CHoM. Consequently, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and
Development has initiated a multicountry study stimulated by CRL’s
approach. In Australia work to apply CRL’s thinking on the educational
assessment of creative and critical thinking is underway.


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Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education

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“Our aim is to embed the explicit development of creative learning Habits of Mind across the curriculum to support the depth and quality of learning for our students. This blog is one way in which we will record the progress of this thinking and the development of particular approaches to learning.”

Progression in Creativity: A Literature Review

Authors: Ellen Spencer, Bill Lucas and Guy Claxton

This literature review provides an overview of the key issues and debates surrounding creativity and the potential for assessing it in individuals. The authors discuss the concepts of assessment, progression and creativity, how creativity is experienced in society and in schools, and consider the tensions faced by schools working to promote and develop it in their work.

The review underpins a CCE-commissioned research report conducted by the authors which aimed to explore the possibility of developing a framework for assessing creativity in school age learners.  The full report is available at http://www.creativitycultureeducation.org/progression-in-creativity-developing-new-forms-of-assessment

There have been numerous attempts to assess creativity in school pupils (discussed in section 7). However, the fact that no single model or approach has ever been able to assert itself within educational settings suggests that there are some deep rooted challenges to overcome. Not least is the question of whether there is a central contradiction between the development of creativity in young people and the way schools are currently configured. With their focus on age related exams, large class sizes and non-individualised projects it often seems difficult to see how schools might be able to sustain a credible focus on the development of creativity while at the same time conforming to other mandatory modes of assessment which value different forms of learning and knowledge than those we might describe as creative.