Risky business: ICT and creativity

Timothy Casimaty, Michael Henderson

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Creativity is now increasingly understood as a fundamental component of a 21st Century framework for education. It is important for learning, such as in problem solving, as well as growth, innovation, and well being of individuals and society. As a consequence teachers are increasingly being asked to teach for creativity. However, risk taking is one of the essential characteristics of creativity. In order for students, or teachers, to be novel or innovative in their practices, ideas, or products they must necessarily take a risk – pushing or transgressing the boundaries of what they understand to be familiar and safe. Creativity is complex. It is hard to define, difficult to recognise, poorly understood as a thinking skill and as such it is hard to teach for. In addition, the high stakes of classroom education instils an aversion for both educators and students to the risk taking that is necessary in the pursuit of creativity. However, it has been proposed that ICTs can facilitate students taking risks. This paper reports on a qualitative case study that explored the ways in which seven teachers perceived and facilitated risk taking through the use of ICTs. The results confirmed that ICT could be used as a tool in the encouragement of risk taking. ICT allowed risk taking to occur in ways that motivated students while shielding them from possible failure and adverse criticism from their peers. However, it was also found that nurturing such a climate for creative risk taking took a degree of skill, particularly on the level of student management, which amounted to risk taking by teachers in their teaching practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralian Council for Computers in Education 2016 Conference
Subtitle of host publicationRefereed Proceedings
EditorsSarah Prestridge, Peter Albion
PublisherThe Queensland Society for Information Technology in Education
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780958118828
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventAustralasian Computers in Education Conference 2016 - Brisbane Convention Centre, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 29 Sep 20162 Oct 2016


ConferenceAustralasian Computers in Education Conference 2016
Abbreviated titleACEC 2016
OtherACCE 2016 is the biennial conference of the Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE).
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