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how does creativity influence education?

We often understand and associate creativity with artists, but is it a quality only for them? The truth is that creativity is the process of generating original ideas that have value; and we all think of ideas in our day-to-day lives. In this post, we will delve into the importance of creativity in education.

defining creativity

The renowned German professor Gottfried Heinelt said, “We understand creativity as those aptitudes, strengths, and talents that we try to determine through complete and, in part, imprecise notions, such as intuition, imagination, inspiration, wit, inventiveness, originality, or (in a more scientific formulation), as productive thinking, problem-solving, and creative imagination.

Creativity involves a love for change. Being able to face the new and respond to it, moreover, we must teach not to fear change, but rather that change can provoke pleasure and enjoyment. Previous generations lived firmly rooted in the same job, residence, even environment for their entire lives, but that is changing.

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creative education

Educating in creativity means stimulating thinking and offering children activities that prepare them to face obstacles and problems that arise in their school and daily lives. It is an education for development and self-realization. From a pedagogical perspective, it is necessary to value and recognize both the gifts and talents of each child, who will later become young people and then adults, so that they begin to believe in their own capabilities.

The mere fact that the European Union promotes creativity and innovation, for both social and economic reasons, demonstrates that creativity is increasingly regarded as a valuable human resource.

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obtaining creativity in education through space

Continuing with these ideas, we couldn’t talk about creative education without mentioning the importance of a creative atmosphere that fosters reflective and creative thinking in the classroom.

The design of the environment is also crucial for teaching creativity and for the school environment. These are key and essential factors that influence the perception of the learning space as a pleasant place where support is provided.

In this sense, there are studies that support the importance of space and interior design in educational spaces to improve student progress, and therefore, promote creativity in education. We encourage you to read our post on the importance of spatial branding in educational spaces.

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On the other hand, it is necessary to prepare competent professionals with resources to generate these innovative and creative changes in the educational field, as well as to break psychological barriers. It is important to know how to create a participatory atmosphere where teachers are familiar with activities that can be carried out in the classroom, largely centered on students, using participatory techniques such as creating stories starting from an idea, finding similarities between two objects, word games to develop creative thinking, recycling, etc.

five important points for creativity in education

  1. Learning to tolerate ambiguity and uncertainty
  2. Developing self-confidence and belief in one’s own ideas
  3. Overcoming the fear of ridicule and making mistakes
  4. Fostering a creative atmosphere that encourages excellence without competitiveness, enjoying the tasks they undertake
  5. Creating classrooms that are spaces for wonder, experimentation, and investigation


In conclusion, promoting freedom and communication, creating a supportive environment, and fostering independent thinking are conditions that must be present in the educational process if we want to implement a pedagogy of creative expression.

Every student who emerges from a school shaped by this vision will desire to see thinking, creating, feeling, communicating, and sharing respected in themselves and others wherever they go.

If you want to learn more about designing learning spaces, we provide the keys in this post.

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