Department of Education

Research projects

Protected: Promising Practices: Curiosity and Creativity

How do teachers foster students’ creativity and curiosity? Which teaching and learning practices can we document as more promising in this respect? The current project investigates how primary school teachers in International Baccalaureate schools, working in diverse global contexts, foster curiosity and creativity in students. Specifically, this research seeks to identify the most promising practices for fostering 21st century skills, which can prepare students for an increasingly complex world.

Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment (OUCEA) are collaborating with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and the International Baccalaureate Organization, investigating what curiosity and creativity look like in schools, documenting promising teaching practices that stimulate them and creating a learner profile mastery transcript that enables attainment and progress to be recorded. Data collection includes teacher-captured classroom videos (from teachers of students aged 8 to 12, showcasing how they facilitate curiosity and creativity in students); teacher and student e-interviews; and online tasks that assess levels of curiosity and creativity.

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