Researching Creativity

Suzanne Choo, Deb Sawch, & Alison Villanueva, Program in English & English Education

“The school district of Scarsdale, New York, engaged the three of us and our professors, Ruth Vinz and Sheridan Blau, to provide consultation in the notion of education for creativity. They wanted to know how teachers de”ne critical and creative thinking in the Scarsdale schools. This year, they approached us again and wanted to know what other countries are doing, particularly top-performing schools in countries with some of the best education systems. How do the teachers and school leaders in these schools de”ne creativity? Is this different from the way Americans define creativity? What pedagogical strategies do they employ to educate for creativity? The first phase of this study will involve New York, Singapore, Western Australia, and Toronto. We are particularly interested in how teachers foster creative thinking in the everyday culture of the classroom.” – Suzanne
“This year is really exciting because we get to do research across countries, and we’re approaching it thinking that the notion of creativity thinking and critical thinking is probably going to be different in each of the countries. So it’s going to be interesting to be able to talk to the teachers and the students and the administrators and see what their notions are because even last year when we were in Scarsdale, when we asked about creativity, they all had different ideas.” – Alison
“One of our goals is to see what we can learn from all of this work that transcends race and class, that applies to all students everywhere, not just those in high-performing school districts, and doesn’t require resources that are unaffordable. If this work could inform New York City schools systems and inner city school systems on ways of teaching and learning that are about twenty-first century skills, then this could be very powerful.” – Deb