Significance of creativity in the curriculum

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Significance of creativity in the curriculum

Saturday, 25 November 2023 | Lina ashar

Significance of creativity in the curriculum

Creativity in education is the catalyst for transforming knowledge into innovation, encouraging learners to think, explore, and connect

As the world of education continues to evolve, a growing consensus is emerging that creativity is essential for defining the future of education. Rather than relying on textbooks and standardised assessments, a creative approach to curriculum is becoming increasingly popular as a means of unlocking students' potential.

Creativity is not only an art form but also a cognitive ability that spans multiple disciplines and enables students to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Educators can create an environment that encourages learners to dwell on varied innovations and skills by incorporating creative elements into the educational curriculum. A creative curriculum accommodates diverse learning styles and preferences. Students are encouraged to explore their interests, fostering a sense of autonomy and personalisation in their educational journey. All skills begin in the brain. Whether learning to swim breaststroke or solve an equation, it all starts with neurons firing in the right area of the brain repeatedly until you master it.

The right amount of creativity inspires children to learn new things and fosters innovation. Innovative educational environments have the power to significantly change how students learn and apply what they learn in the real world.

Emotional and Social Development: Creative activities often involve self-expression and collaboration, contributing to emotional and social skill development. Students learn to express themselves confidently and understand others' perspectives.

Enhanced Critical Thinking: It encourages students to think critically, analyse information, and develop problem-solving skills. This, in turn, improves their overall cognitive abilities.

Skill Development: There is a wide range of skill development among the students. Once engaged in creative pursuits often enhance their communication skills, collaboration abilities, and adaptability.

Increased Engagement and Motivation: Creative elements in the curriculum make learning more enjoyable and relevant to students' interests. This heightened engagement fosters intrinsic motivation, leading to increased effort, participation, and a positive attitude toward academic tasks.

Personalised Learning: Being engaged in creative activities allows students to develop different forms of expression, catering to diverse learning styles. For instance, students who struggle with traditional methods can thrive when allowed to express themselves creatively, leading to a more inclusive and effective learning environment.

Retention Power: Creativity enhances the retention of information and knowledge. When students connect academic content to creative projects or real-world applications, they are more likely to remember and apply what they have learned.

The inclusion of creativity in the curriculum has a positive impact on student performance. It makes learning a dynamic and meaningful experience that equips students for success in the classroom and lifetime.

In an era marked by rapid advancements in AI, robotics, 3D printing, AR/VR, and biotech, it's crucial to question: Are our schools truly equipping our children for this future? India is on the verge to transform the education ecosystem by adopting personalized learning concepts. We need to move with the times and create a learning ecosystem that creates future professionals and citizens who can compete and flourish anywhere in the world.  Investing in a creative curriculum ensures that students are equipped to contribute meaningfully on the world stage. By embracing a curriculum that values and nurtures creativity, educators can transform education.

(The writer is the founder PoweredBy Dreamtime Learning; views are personal)

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