Creative Thinking Skills (CTS) are developed naturally throughout childhood and adolescence, and can be further developed as an adult, through the remarkable plasticity of the brain. They are assisted and enhanced through a variety of learning opportunities across all aspects of life: the formal learning of the classic classroom experience; the non-formal learning of clubs and self-directed learning, and the informal learning of everyday life with all its joys and challenges.
While all teaching aspires to bring out the full potential of students, some of these areas become overlooked in the drive to meet external knowledge-based targets. In recognition of this, the ACTS ‘Integrated Learning: Creative Thinking Skills Certificate’ component of the suite of qualifications, has been designed to over-arch any curriculum content to enable all skills to be recognised within any educational context.
By incorporating non-formal and informal learning possibilities into education and assessment strategies, playfulness and self-directed study can be energised. Engaging students in practical experience invests their developing thinking skills with an understanding of practical potential. Enlisting an emotional connection with their learning facilitates a wider experience of relevance. Introducing a trans-discipline approach across a rich and diverse curriculum provides the potential for exercising transferable CTS and offers the fertile ground for creating new ideas with substance to them.
The Integrated Learning: Creative Thinking Skills Diploma, with the Creative Thinking Skills Certificate at its core, has been designed to offer a vibrant and coherent educational context for maximising Creative Thinking Skills and focus, whether in preparation for Higher Education, entrepreneurship, the workplace or more individual life paths.