Cultivating Talent. Educating for Creativity and Innovation

Guy Claxton, Andy Hargreaves
NESSE Seminar 10, 2008

This seminar left little doubt that the European Commission has a crucial role to play in supporting creativity and innovation in and through education and training. Creativity and Innovation are about people who create. It is not only the capacity to invent, but also the capacity to critically look at, reflect on, and improve whatever it is we do in life and contemporary societies. They cannot be decreed or imposed. They are neither spontaneous nor inevitable. They cannot be guaranteed, but they can be made more likely through effective policies, including education policies. Do schools kill creativity? How can education and training systems nurture creativity and innovation?

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