“Creativity” a necessary 21st Century Skill

What Are 21st-Century Skills?

Learning to collaborate with others and connect through technology are essential skills in a knowledge-based economy.

ATC21S started with a group of more than 250 researchers across 60 institutions worldwide who categorized 21st-century skills internationally into four broad categories:

  • Ways of thinking. Creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making and learning
  • Ways of working. Communication and collaboration
  • Tools for working. Information and communications technology (ICT) and information literacy
  • Skills for living in the world. Citizenship, life and career, and personal and social responsibility



Personality, Motivation, Study, and Talent
Currently, there is a call for 21st Century Skills, and these skills include creativity
skills. This book will, perhaps help in that endeavor.
These 21st Century Skills include creativity and innovation skills within a comprehensive skills framework, as suggested by one of the 21st
Century Skills think tanks. These are operationally defined, as follows.
 Think Creatively
1.Use a wide range of idea creation techniques (such as brainstorming)
2.Create new and worthwhile ideas (both incremental and radical concepts)
3.Elaborate, refine, analyze and evaluate their own ideas in order to improve and maximize creative efforts
Work Creatively with Others
4.Develop, implement and communicate new ideas to others effectively
5.Be open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives; incorporate group input and feedback into the work
6.Demonstrate originality and inventiveness in work and understand the real world limits to adopting new ideas
7.View failure as an opportunity to learn; understand that creativity and innovation is a long-term, cyclical process of small successes and frequent mistakes Implement Innovations
8.Act on creative ideas to make a tangible and useful contribution to the field in which the innovation will occur
When people speak or think of creativity, they mistakenly think of it as having only to do with the visual arts and the other arts. Creativity cuts across all areas, and has to do with making new in all domains.
A few of the skills called for above (1, 3) focus on divergent thinking, a concept (that is over 60 years old), sometimes confused with creativity. Creativity is simply defined here, as “to make something new,” as a prerequisite to innovation
I attach this link not because I think our schools don’t teach creativity, but so that others understand how important “Creativity” is.

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