This workshop looks at how teachers can nurture creative students using the personality approach. Teachers will be introduced to the Big-5 model of personality which asserts that there are five basic dimensions of personality. Teachers will examine the relationship between creativity and these Big 5 dimensions of personality. They will also analyze how the learning environment affects the development of the creative personality. Teachers will be able to apply this psychological knowledge to the classroom in various ways. For example, teachers will learn how to support the growth of the creative personality in students by protecting them from the emotional obstacles to creativity, such as the fear of failure. To ensure that the learning process is meaningful and interactive, teachers will engage in various activities during the workshop, like watching a short video on personality and analyzing their creative strengths and weaknesses by completing a Big-5 survey on personality. In summary, this workshop will equip teachers with the psychological knowledge and tools to develop creative students using the personality-based approach.
- Teachers understand what the Big-5 model of personality is.
- Teachers understand the link between the Big-5 dimensions and creativity.
- Teachers understand how the learning environment affects the creative personality.
- Teachers understand their creative strengths & weaknesses as a teacher.
- Teachers understand how to develop the creative personality of 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.