This workshop looks at how students can develop their creativity based on the creative problem-solving approach. Students will learn the different stages of creative problem-solving (CPS) and identify attributes of the creative product using examples from the real world. Students will be able to apply this psychological knowledge in various ways. For example, students will learn how to overcome the perceptual obstacles to creative problem-solving, as well as how to generate creative ideas via popular CPS techniques such as wild ideas and S.C.A.M.P.E.R. To ensure that the learning process is meaningful and interactive, students will engage in various activities during the workshop, like watching short videos on creative problem-solvers and tackling a creative task involving the redesign of an everyday object. Students will get the chance to benchmark their creative products against the experts and learn from their best practices on creativity. In summary, this workshop will equip students with the psychological knowledge and tools to develop their creativity based on the creative problem-solving approach.
1. Students understand what the stages of creative problem-solving are.
2. Students understand how to overcome perceptual obstacles to creative problem-solving.
3. Students understand how to generate ideas via creative problem-solving techniques.
4. Students understand how to design creative products that are original and useful.
Dr Ng Aik Kwang is an expert on the cultivation of creativity in the Asian classroom and society. He is the author of six popular books on this subject. They include Why Asians Are Less Creative Than Westerners (2001); Liberating the Creative Spirit in Asian Students (2004); Creative Problem-Solving for Asians: A Practical Guide to Develop Your Creativity as an Asian (2007); Asian & Western Paths to Happiness: How to be Creative and Live the Good Life (2008); Creativity: Questions & Controversies (2009) as well as Psychology of Creativity (2013). Dr Ng received the 2001 Early Career Research Award from the International Council of Psychologists for a provocative paper which is interestingly entitled Why Creators are Dogmatic People, “Nice” People are not Creative and Creative People are not “Nice”. After obtaining his PhD in Psychology at the University of Queensland in Australia, Dr Ng worked as an Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Education (1999 – 2005). Besides lecturing at NIE, Dr Ng has conducted courses on creativity in a wide variety of organizations, including SIM University, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University. Dr Ng is also an entrepreneur who set up The Idea Resort which provides practical and interactive workshops on creativity.