Innovative Approaches to Education: Increasing Creative Confidence and Critical Thinking Skills

Nicholas J Dimmitt, Jaby Mohammed, David Moore

Abstract


This action research study investigates how a university course uses a variety of concepts and activities to develop and increase critical thinking skills and creative confidence (Kelly & Kelly, 2014) in university students. This study was conducted at a science and technology university in the United Arab Emirates. It is based on a course developed with the main curriculum objective being to introduce and develop an innovative, entrepreneurial and creative thinking mindset in students. Methodology included a student survey to assess the needs for critical thinking skills and their degree of creative confidence. Interviews were also conducted with the students.

How do we motivate and inspire students to use creative confidence and become better critical thinkers? How do we get students to embrace these concepts and attitudes? These are the questions our study sought to answer. The action research cycle used in this study will be explicated. Examples of innovative classroom activities and materials will be presented and demonstrated. The results of this action research study have implications for learning in many university contexts.


References


Kelley, D., & Kelley, T. (2014). Creative confidence: Unleashing the creative potential within us all. Crown Pub.


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