Acknowledging Creative Thinking Skills
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A Paradigm Shift In Education
In 2015, a group of teachers from the UK, Finland, Norway and Denmark, came together to resolve a deep-seated problem experienced by students: Standard School-leaving exams impose ever greater demands and heightened stress levels, but ultimately dampen the potential for innovative procuctivity in adulthood, as was noted by THE WATERLOO GLOBAL SCIENCE INITIATIVE 2030.
The teachers aimed to find a way to raise attainment for all, reduce early school leaving and make education more meaningful and practically useful for all, through the integration of formal, non-formal and informal learning. This project is proving to be remarkably successful.
ACKNOWLEDGING CREATIVE THINKING SKILLS (ACTS)
Funded by the EU Erasmus+ (Key Action 2, School Education Strategic Partnership), and described by them as a ‘paradigms shift’ in education, the Acknowledging Creative Thinking Skills (ACTS) project sought to redesign qualifications to truly meet the needs of today’s young people, growing up in a complex and uncertain world where creativity, adaptability and flexibility of thinking will be a premium alongside the competent mastery of a range of disciplines. The initial aims of the ACTS project have been decisively met and now offer schools and policymakers internationally, a significant, credible alternative to current provision.
A comprehensive open access book has been written outlining the underlying principles and exemplar methods.
The ACTS Team is delighted to present the inaugural 2019 edition of the ACTS newsletter with the lead article ‘Warmest Waldorf 100 Wishes’ for Steiner Education, featuring the Nobel Prize-Winner and principal ACTS supporter, Thomas Sudhof.
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Download the book
The content and context of the Creative Thinking Skills Spectrum is now available as an easily understood and digestible publication suitable for practical use and wider academic dissemination, in the form of a book available here.
The author and project designer, Elaine Holt, has provided the working definitions, interpreted from successful Steiner Waldorf pedagogy, which have become the foundation for the suite of qualifications.