Creativity and technology in teaching and learning: a literature review of the uneasy space of implementation

Danah Henriksen, Edwin Creely, Michael Henderson, Punya Mishra

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    Internationally, creativity is a widely discussed construct that is pivotal to educational practice and curriculum. It is often situated alongside technology as a key component of education futures. Despite the enthusiasm for integrating creativity with technologies in classrooms, there is a lack of common ground within and between disciplines and research about how creativity relates to technology in teaching and learning—especially in the uncertain space of classroom implementation. This article provides a critical thematic review of international literature on creativity and technology in the context of educational practice. We identify four essential domains that emerge from the literature and represent these in a conceptual model, based around: (1) Learning in regard to creativity, (2) Meanings of creativity, (3) Discourses that surround creativity, and (4) the Futures or impacts on creativity and education. Each of these clusters is contextualized in regard to emerging technologies and the developing scope of twenty-first century skills in classroom implementation. We offer conclusions and implications for research and practice.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2091-2108
    Number of pages18
    JournalEducational Technology Research and Development
    Publication statusPublished - 2021


    • Classrooms
    • Creative thinking
    • Creativity
    • Education
    • Implementation
    • Implications
    • International review
    • Learning
    • Literature review
    • Model
    • Teaching
    • Technology

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