European Teachers believe Creativity is Fundamentally Important: Study

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The aim of the study was to understand how teachers in Europe frame and conceptualize creativity and to collect information on the support they receive and need to foster students’ creativity.

From the website:

Teachers in Europe believe that creativity is a fundamental competence to be developed at school and that Information and Communication Technologies can enhance creativity. An overwhelming majority of teachers also believe that creativity can be applied to every domain of knowledge and to every school subject. However, even when a big majority of teachers believe everyone can be creative, and that creativity is not solely a characteristic of eminent people, the conditions for favouring creativity are not always available in schools in Europe.

The brochure below presents preliminary results from the 27 Member States of the European Union. Further in-depth analysis and related studies will be reported in 2010.

The survey was launched as a contribution to the 2009 European Year of Creativity and Innovation by European Schoolnet (EUN), a network of 31 Ministries of Education in Europe and beyond, together with the Joint Research Centre’s Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) with the support of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture.

Take a look at the third page for levels of agreement with such statements as

  • Creativity is a skill that can be applied to every domain of knowledge
  • Everyone can be creative
  • Creativity is about finding connections between things that have not been connected before