Fostering creative thinking: co-constructed insights from neuroscience and education

Author/Producer Dr Paul Howard-Jones/ESCalate
Date Published 8 February 2008
Pages 21
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From a project funded by ESCalate aimed at developing the capability of trainee drama teachers regarding the fostering of creative thinking.


The UK government presently considers creativity to be a key "employability" skill in terms of the creative industries and beyond, including within the sectors of science and technology (DCMS, 2007). There has been a recent flourishing of interest in the nuturing of creativity among young people (Roberts, 2006, Downing et al., 2007) and yet the provision of support for teachers and trainee teachers to achieve this remains a major challenge for education.

This Discussion Series report aims to contribute to meeting this challenge.