Workshop (1)

Creativity, Innovation, and Leadership
Todd Lubart
Paris Descartes University, France.
Aims and Objectives:
This workshop provides an overview of creativity and how to identify and foster it in school settings. Creativity, defined as the ability to produce original, context-relevant ideas is considered an increasingly relevant concept in education. It is a form of thinking that is not traditionally encouraged at school but is important to society (arts and sciences, business, everyday problem solving). The nature of creativity and criteria for its identification will be presented. The factors that contribute to creativity will be examined and ways to promote these factors through education will be suggested.
In addition, Giftedness can manifest in a number of different ways, including leadership. Many gifted students will also exhibit outstanding leadership or have the potential to do so.
What is creativity?
  • Definitions of creativity;
  • Main conceptions of creativity;
  • Individual differences and creative giftedness.
Cognitive factors involved in creativity:
  • Divergent thinking;
  • Analogical – metaphorical thinking;
  • Classic Intelligence, IQ and creativity;
  • Knowledge, expertise and creativity;
  • Tools for measurement.
Personality and motivational factors in creativity:
  • Preferences (intuition, work styles);
  • Traits: Risk taking, tolerance of ambiguity, Individuality-conformity;
  • Motivations;
  • Tools for measurement.
Creative School Environments:
  • Creative domains identified at school;
  • School rules and effects on creativity;
  • Measures of class and school environment;
  • Programming creativity at school.
Putting it all together : Teaching and promoting creativity:
  • How to identify children’s potential and needs for creative development;
  • How to foster creativity in each lesson.