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Australian Students Receive High Scores in Creative Thinking

Australian Students Receive High Scores in Creative Thinking

According to a report released by the OECD, Australian students are one of the most creative-minded students out of 64 countries.

Coming in at fourth place behind Singapore, Korea and Canada, Australian students scored higher than average in their creative thinking at 37 points with an average of 33 points.

The Creative Minds, Creative Schools report measured how 15-year-old students were able to think creatively and engage in the generation, evaluation and improvement of new and diverse ideas.

Students were asked to complete open-ended tasks through various prompts with no right or wrong answer.

There were several other interesting findings. The study showed that girls outperformed boys in their ability to use creative thinking skills. It also showed that students who believed creativity was a skill they could change or build on scored higher than students who thought their creativity was fixed. Lastly, students from high-socioeconomic backgrounds greatly outperformed students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds.

Australian schools are one of four globally who embed creative thinking as an outcome in their curriculum, while Singapore who held the top score includes “a creative and enquiring mind” as an outcome of their curriculum.

These creative skills aren’t only focused on creative activities in the arts such as creative writing, music and drama. Instead, they contribute to a more holistic development, helping students to adapt to change and support their learning, metacognitive and problem-solving skills.

How do you support creativity and how does it impact your classroom? Let us know in the comments below!

References:

https://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/sites/765ee8c2-en/index.html?itemId=/content/publication/765ee8c2-en&_csp_=c81039763c1928b6846e6ee1fe30aefa&itemIGO=oecd&itemContentType=book

Written by Ana Santito

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