Last Updated: Monday, January 11, 2021

Permission to be creative - Brian Boyd

What is this?

Professor Brian Boyd worked in the Faculty of Education at the University of Strathclyde for 13 years after a career that saw him hold posts as headteacher, education officer and education adviser.  He was a member of the Ministerial Review Group which produced the report ‘A Curriculum for Excellence’ in 2004.  Brian is a co-founder of Tapestry, an organisation that promotes leading edge thinking about learning to Scotland.  In this video clip, Brian discusses the place of creative learning and teaching and how we need to empower young people to be more creative.

Who is this for?

This video is for practitioners who want explore and understand educational thinking around Creativity.

How to use this resource to improve practice

This video along with reflective questions invites you to consider the impact of your own approach to using creative learning and teaching and using creativity within problem solving.  You are invited to watch the video and consider, individually or as a group, the following improvement questions:

  • What do you consider are the important creative thinking skills?
  • How would you ensure these skills are being developed by every learner daily?
  • How do you take forward the development of creative thinking when learners indicate they 'can’t get started' on a particular problem ?
  • How do you ensure you always use 'open questions' to enable young people to offer more than a 'yes' or 'no' answer?

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What was done?

In this video clip, Brian Boyd asserts that all young people and staff need to be encouraged to develop their creative thinking skills.

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What brought about the change?

Brian, through this video clip, wants to ensure that learners are enabled to become creative thinkers. Through the use of this video Brian helps us develop and evaluate our present processes.

What was the impact?

Understanding this work leads to a focus on how children and young people can develop their creative learning skills. The video helps to ensure that creative approaches to learning and teaching are developed by all practitioners and learners.

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