Developing creativity: aligning community, learning and teaching practices

Teresa Swirski, Leigh Wood, Ian Solomonides

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We propose a discussion framework for developing creativity as a graduate capability. It begins by investigating creativity and its correlation to community of practice principles. This is followed by an analysis of capabilities and the context of creativity within higher education. Finally it outlines a selection of learning theories and taxonomies that indicate how creativity could be developed within curriculum design. Within our globalised society, higher education is challenged, and has the opportunity, to develop creative capabilities within its learning environments. Graduates who possess creative capabilities have the self-efficacy to expand and express their learning. This knowledge creation can equip individuals and communities with the capability and confidence to explore, interpret and successfully deal with personal and socio-economic changes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEngaging communities
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 31st HERDSA Annual Conference
EditorsM. Barrow, K. Sutherland
Place of PublicationMilperra, NSW
PublisherHigher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)0908557736
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventHERDSA Annual International Conference (31st : 2008) - Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 1 Jul 20084 Jul 2008


ConferenceHERDSA Annual International Conference (31st : 2008)
CityRotorua, New Zealand


  • creativity
  • capabilities
  • alignment


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