This workshop looks at how teachers can nurture creative students based on the creative problem-solving approach. Teachers will learn the different stages of creative problem-solving (CPS) and examine how the learning environment can facilitate or suppress student creativity. Teachers will be able to apply this psychological knowledge to the classroom in various ways. For example, teachers will learn how to assess the creative performance of students via creative products; how to get students to generate creative ideas using popular CPS techniques like wild ideas and S.C.A.M.P.E.R.; as well as how to arouse student interest in learning via creative lesson plans (CLPs) in various subjects like Mathematics, Science and Mother Tongue. To ensure that the learning process is meaningful and interactive, teachers will engage in various activities during the workshop, like watching short videos on creativity, analyzing real-world examples of creative products in different domains, as well as designing a creative lesson plan to enhance the CPS skills of students. In summary, this workshop will equip teachers with the psychological knowledge and tools to develop creative students based on the creative problem-solving approach.
- Teachers understand what the stages of creative problem-solving are
- Teachers understand how to use creative problem-solving techniques in class
- Teachers understand how to measure the creative performance of students
- Teachers understand how to design creative lesson plans to motivate students
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 many schools and learning organizations, including Singapore Management University, Nanyang Technological University and SIM University. Dr Ng is also an entrepreneur who set up The Idea Resort which provides interactive and practical workshops on creativity.