Creativity as a Life Skill

Creativity as a Life Skill
Gerard Puccio at TEDxGramercy
Dec 23, 2012

Gerard J. Puccio, Ph.D.

Gerard is chair and professor of the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State, a unique academic department that offers the world’s only Master of Science degree in Creativity and Change Leadership.

In the face of a fast changing and increasingly more complex world, many argue that creativity and innovation are crucial 21st century skills. Unfortunately schools and organizations seem to be ill equipped to promote this critical skill. Discover what you can do to reclaim and sustain this life skill.

conformity bias

Trim Recess? Some Schools Hold On To Child’s Play

Trim Recess? Some Schools Hold On To Child’s Play
November 07, 2013

Playworks, a nonprofit that works with low-income area schools in California and across the country.

A growing body of research shows that play is fundamental to kids’ development by promoting social interaction, exploration and creativity.

California mandates 400 minutes of recess a month

The school helps pay for part of the program, which costs about $30,000 per year, with federal school money targeting low-income areas.

Is Conscientiousness Compatible with Creativity?

Is Conscientiousness Compatible with Creativity?

Creative people are both Conscientious and not Conscientious at the same time

August 26, 2011
by Scott Barry Kaufm an, Ph.D

When it comes to achievement, Conscientiousness is a great thing.
All else being equal, the person who has tenacity, persistence, stamina, and grit will be more successful then the person who is lazy and unmotivated.
Over 25 years of research supports this commonsense view: Conscientiousness is the most consistent and best predictor of both  job and academic performance.

Mapping Transversal/Non-Cognitive Skills in Education

Mapping Transversal/Non-Cognitive Skills in Education

“What are the most important skills a child today should be learning?”
When participants at UNESCO’s recent expert meeting on the future of education were asked this question, responses included
critical thinking,
core values and
But when we look to school curriculum, are these “skills” really being encouraged effectively?
How can we define these skills and how can they be measured, if they are measurable?


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Creative Classes: An Artful Approach To Improving Performance

a three-part series about the intersection of education and the arts.

Part I:
Creative Classes: An Artful Approach To Improving Performance 
April 16, 2013
if test scores do improve at these schools, should the credit go to the arts? Child psychologist Ellen Winner says no.
“We could not find any studies that convinced us that there was a causal link between teaching the arts and performance on test scores,” Winner says.
“And we thought that this made a lot of sense because the kinds of thinking skills and habits of mind that students learn when they study the arts are a far cry from what’s tested on multiple-choice, standardized tests.”

The Turnaround Arts Initiative

Part II:
More Than 50 Years Of Putting Kids’ Creativity To The Test
April 17, 2013
the Next Generation Creativity Survey, it’s used to help measure creativity a bit like an IQ test measures intelligence.

James Catterall, a psychologist and director of the Centers for Research on Creativity in Los Angeles, says the simple answer is that if society, business and education demands creativity, then we need to know when it’s happening

part III:
In D.C., Art Program Turns Boys’ Lives Into ‘Masterpieces’
April 18, 2013

Life Pieces to Masterpieces