Participation of CeiED Integrated Researcher, Elsa Estrela – Conference “Creativity and Critical Thinking Skills in School: Moving the Agenda Forward”
There is a growing consensus that formal education should cultivate students’ creativity and critical thinking skills to help them succeed in modern, globalised economies based on knowledge and innovation. However, the goal is hindered by a limited understanding of how these skills can be embedded in everyday teaching and learning and assessed reliably. For education systems, promoting creativity and critical thinking in more systematic and effective ways requires developing strategies and tools that help teachers, students and policy makers to articulate these skills more visibly and tangibly, especially as part of the curriculum.
The conference, entitled Creativity and Critical Thinking Skills in School: Moving the Agenda Forward, was organized by OCDE-CERI and took place at Nesta’s, London, on September 24th and 25th, with Professor Elsa Estrela representing Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias. The conference aimed to improve our understanding of how creativity and critical thinking skills can be promoted in educational settings. It presented the lessons from the OECD-CERI project Fostering and Assessing Creativity and Critical Thinking Skills in Education, which, since 2015, has worked with teams across 11 countries to develop a framework and bank of resources to improve the teaching and learning of these skills – and currently works with higher education institutions from 15 countries towards the same objective.
It convened over 100 education policy makers, experts, innovators, and other stakeholders from OECD countries and partner economies to share experiences and reflect on how to further advance initiatives in these areas.