NeoLEARNING: The Frontier of Creativity in Education

(coming soon to your neighbourhood …in development 2020/2021)

The complexity of emerging problems facing the planet is increasing exponentially. Traditional consumption-intense K to 12 and higher education educational practice has been slow to adapt to rapid sociocultural and technological change. We are no longer in a period where a disproportionate emphasis on the consumption of knowledge can be the primary focus of education as it leaves both educators and learners ill-equipped to deal with the growing complexities that surround us. There is a dire need in education for collaborative creativity to be a primary rationale for education. Educational experimentation is essential to discover new ways of doing and being in educational practice that develop capacities for collaborative innovation and design. NeoLEARNING explores the frontier of educational initiatives where development of this creative capacity is at the forefront of educational practice. From early childhood to higher education, the globe is spanned with exemplars of unique educational experimentation on the frontier of creativity in education pointing us in the direction of true educational transformation. These examples from the frontier of creativity in education go well beyond equipping educators and learners with discipline knowledge to equipping participants with the dispositional attributes to engage in collaborative creativity for innovation for the benefit of others.

Collaborative Creativity: The Educational Imperative

(In press)

Collaborative creativity is a contemporary educational imperative. The complex social, economic and cultural challenges that lie before us require that creativity be a collaborative pursuit leveraging diversity and interconnectedness to maximize positive outcomes. They require more than creative individuals acting on their own. It requires a view forward to bring interconnected, varied and frequently distributed potential collaborators together to innovate for the benefit of others.

Although there is a desire to bring collaboration and creativity for innovation into mainstream educational practice or into the fabric of corporate culture there is a dire need to provide educators, teacher education programs and facilitators in diverse corporate and government cultures with contemporary research as well as concrete methods and ideas on how to operationalize this at the institutional level on the shop floor. This book is designed to address that need. This book is designed to be both a foundational teacher education textbook at graduate and undergraduate levels as well as an important reference book for corporate and governmental educator/facilitators.

Collaborative Creativity Educator HandBook Series (2020)

Creative Development: Transforming Education through Design Thinking, Innovation and Invention (2016)

Spark continual creative growth for both learners and educators.

Creativity is a key ingredient for success in the knowledge economy of the 21st century, where skills such as collaboration, communication, and critical thinking are central. Most educators agree that encouraging creativity must become a central goal in the classroom, but they face an ongoing struggle to build and maintain an environment that promotes their students’ creative development.

In Creative Development: Transforming Education through Design Thinking, Innovation, and Invention, Robert Kelly equips educators with the theory, strategies, and tactics that allow creativity to flourish. Creative Development features voices from the field to showcase practical, real-life examples of successfully fostering creative development in education.

Topics include:

  • How to create an educational culture conducive to creative development.
  • Effective instructional design and assessment as creativity.
  • Bridging the gap between design thinking and design doing.
  • Teacher education and training for creative classrooms.
  • Key vocabulary and theory in the field of creativity

Educating for Creativity: A Global Conversation (2012)

Bringing creativity into mainstream educational practice has become a mantra among educators. But what does creative practice in education really look like? Take a journey around the globe with educator and artist Robert Kelly to witness innovative creative practice in action, with examples from early childhood to post-secondary levels.

Through stories and real-life examples, discover the techniques of global leaders in creativity and design thinking, including India’s Riverside School, Denmark’s Kaospilots, and San Francisco’s Brightworks. Educating for Creativity provides a theoretical framework for creative practice and creative development alongside a practical exploration of how to make creativity in education work from pioneers in the field.

Creative Expression, Creative Education: Creativity as a Primary Rationale for Education (2008)

The world is moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age, with ideas replacing facts as the currency of the times. The old educational culture of standardization and convention must adapt to become a more balanced educational landscape that embraces a culture of creativity. The challenge is to equip learners with the ability to creatively and critically apply the vast stores of information now at their fingertips, thanks to the Internet and other technological advances.

Creative Expression, Creative Education is based on the premise that creativity should be a primary rationale for education. This collection of essays highlights the experiences of a wide community of creative producers who represent the energy of creative expression and creative education. Educators need to nurture an ongoing experience of creative engagement with diverse kinds of learning in students, and this book provides plenty of ideas for where to start.