Creative Learning Cultures (PhD study)

“Creative Learning Cultures”

Lars Norqvist

Lars studies creativity in formal and non-formal teaching situations. In school as well as in learning activities outside of the formal school system there is an ongoing challenge in how to prepare learners for the future. In this research, this challenge will be met from the perspective of creativity. Lars focuses on individual and collaborative creativity which is defined as the support and validation of perceived value of ideas.

a) The concept of “support and validation” is about to enhance the creation of new knowledge and the recognition of experiences where creativity is taking place. In this research study, two different methods for validation will be used in different empirical fields; ELD (Experience, Learning and Description) and Youthpass.

b) Creativity in this research study is mainly connected to the learning process, the creation of new knowledge (social co-construction) and the question how to foster creativity as an important part of education that fosters successful learners.

c) The perceived value of ideas highlights the subjectivity in the reception of what creativity in education is.

d) The creative, social co-construction of new knowledge needs collaboration. Collaboration is seen from a perspective of peer-peer learning and assessment but most of all the in the fields of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL).

The research questions are:

  1. How to support and validate such situations where creativity is taking place to increase the perceived value of ideas in collaborative creative processing? (RQ 1)
  2. What happens in the organization when a specific strategy that is supposed to foster successful learners gets introduced/implemented in the organization? (RQ 2)
  3. What is expected to happen from the organizations point of view? (Before) How does the work progress? The development of the teachers design connected to the strategy that is being implemented in each field? (During) What happened? (After) (RQ 3)

This research will be conducted in schools in Odder (Denmark), Gothenburg (Sweden) and in preschool teacher’s education at the University of Umeå as well as in the trainings for the European Voluntary Service, Stockholm, Sweden. The research will be a qualitative study with a mix of methods, e.g. interviews, on-line surveys and formative evaluations.

A possible outcome and the aim of the research after four years is a framework knitted together by the outcomes from each empirical field that informs researchers, teachers and designers to understand and fostering creativity in (formal) teaching and learning arenas.