1st Edition

Creative Learning in Higher Education International Perspectives and Approaches

Edited By Linda S. Watts, Patrick Blessinger Copyright 2017
    270 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    270 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides higher education faculty and administrators a scholarly resource on the most salient aspects and emerging trends in creative learning in higher education today. International contributors explore ways to foster creativity in any student, regardless of academic discipline or demographic characteristics and demonstrate that creativity is a skill all students can and should learn. Chapters analyzes how different countries and cultures implement creative learning, exploring issues of instruction, assessment, and ultimately how these practices are transforming learning. This important book helps higher education professionals understand and cultivate creative learning across disciplines in any college and university setting.

    Foreword, Norman Jackson


    Part I: Principles and Concepts

    Chapter One: History and Nature of Creative Learning, Patrick Blessinger and Linda S. Watts

    Part II: Successful Practices in Creative Learning: Cases

    Chapter Two: Promoting Creative Learners through Innovative Pedagogy, Fredricka Reisman

    Chapter Three: Participatory Choreographies, Our Future Cities, and the Place of Creative Learning in International Arts Exchanges, Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren

    Chapter Four: Configuring Interdisciplinarity: The Common Core at the University of Hong Kong, Gray Kochhar-Lindgren

    Chapter Five: Creating Meaningful Learning Spaces through Phenomenological Strategies, David Giles and Clare McCarty

    Chapter Six: Creative Learning Strategies: Learning How to Cooperate, Nives Dolšak, and Cinnamon Hillyard

    Chapter Seven: Toward Mindful Assessment in Higher Education: A Case-Study in Contemplative Commentary on Student Work to Promote Creative Learning, Linda S. Watts

    Chapter Eight: Play and 3D Enquiry for Stimulating Creative Learning, Alison James

    Chapter Nine: The Dynamics of Creative Learning: A Case Study in Best Practices in Public Urban Higher Education, Gina Rae Foster

    Part III: Enhancing Creative Learning: Essays

    Chapter Ten: Creative Approaches to Stimulate Classroom Discussions, Stephen Brookfield

    Chapter Eleven: Developing Creative Competencies through Improvisation—Living Musically, Rob Kaplan

    Chapter Twelve: Realizing the Potential for Creativity in Teaching and Learning, Lorraine Stefani

    Part IV: Conclusion

    Chapter Thirteen: The Future of Creative Learning, Linda S. Watts and Patrick Blessinger


    About the Contributors


    Linda S. Watts is Professor of American Studies and Co-Director of the Project for Interdisciplinary Pedagogy at the University of Washington Bothell, USA.

    Patrick Blessinger is Founder and Executive Director of the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), USA.



    "Shouldn’t higher education focus on helping students to become complex thinkers armed with the skills necessary for success in a world defined by change? In the innovation era, perhaps the most valuable contribution the university experience can make is to promote student creativity."- Gerald J. Pucchi, Chair and Professor, International Center for Studies in Creativity, Buffalo State—The State University of New York

    "This isn't a ‘light’ book on creativity in education - it interrogates the status quo of education and offers reflective, practical, and theoretical approaches to subverting this with transformative creative teaching and learning. "-Maha Bali, Associate Professor of Practice, Center for Learning and Teaching, The American University of Cairo

    "This book provides a holistic picture and in-depth analysis on how to nurture creativity in higher education. At a moment when the advancement of technology makes individual’s creativity the most important ingredient for a successful career, this book is an exceptional resource on creative learning for higher education professionals and policy makers." -Stefan Popenici, Senior Lecturer in Higher Education, University of Melbourne