Creativity and 21st Century Competencies

Description of Task Force

This task force facilitates the process of synthesising creativity and 21st century competencies (21CC) research which are relevant to the needs of schools and learning institutions in Singapore. Due to the multidisciplinary nature and diverse contexts of 21CC in education, we seek to gain insights from local and international research with the aim of developing a programmatic research agenda. We explore the enablers and challenges of introducing, fostering and assessing 21CC values, knowledge and skills at system, school and classroom levels. In doing so, we aspire to build knowledge communities that co-broke, co-share and co-construct knowledge, particularly in the areas of (1) critical and inventive thinking, (2) information, communication and collaboration, and (3) civic literacy, global awareness and cross-cultural skills.

List of team members:

List of team members' publications related to the research theme:

  • Jennifer Tan Pei-Ling
    • Dawson, S., Tan, J. P.-.L., McWilliam, E. (2011). Measuring creative potential: Using social network analysis to monitor a learners' creative capacity. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 26(6), 924–942.
    • McWilliam, E., Tan, J. P.-L., & Dawson, S. (2010). Creativity, digitality and 21st century schooling: Knowledge and learning in the age of innovation. In M. Peters & D. Araya (Eds.), Education in the creative economy (Chapter 21). New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
    • Tan, J. P.-L., & McWilliam, E. (2013). Cognitive playfulness, creative capacity and generation 'C' learners. Lifelong Education: The XXI Century, 2, 1–9.
  • Tan Liang See
    • Tan, L. S., & Ponnusamy, L. D. (2014). Creativity and adaptivity in the arts: The nexus and affordances. In D. Hung, K. Y. T. Lim, & S. S. Lee (Eds.), Adaptivity as transformative disposition for learning in the 21st century (pp. 157–175). New York, NY: Springer.
    • Tan, L. S., & Ponnusamy, L. D. (2013). Weaving and anchoring the arts into curriculum: The evolving curriculum processes. In C. H. Lum (Ed.), Contextualised practices on arts education: An international dialogue on Singapore (pp. 219–258). New York, NY: Springer.
    • Quek, C.G., & Tan, L.S. (2013). How does Singapore foster the development of innovators? In L.V. Shavinina (Ed.), The international handbook of innovation education (pp. 590–603). Quebec: Routledge.
  • Elizabeth Koh Ruilin
    • Koh, E., Hong, H., & Seah, J. (2014). Learner adaptivity: An initial conceptualization. In D. Hung, K. Y. T. Lim & S.-S. Lee (Eds.), Adaptivity as a transformative disposition for learning in the 21st century (pp. 15–30). New York, NY: Springer.
  • Jessie Ee Leong Choo
    • Ee, J. (2009). Empowering metacognition & self-regulation through social-emotional learning: Lessons for the Classroom. Singapore: Cengage Learning Asia.
    • Ee, J. (2012). Infusing thinking & social emotional competencies in children and youths.  Singapore: Pearson Education Asia.
    • Ee, J. (2013). Equipping secondary students with metacognitive and social emotional competency skills to meet the challenges of the 21st century [Research Report].  Singapore: National Institute of Education.
    • Ee, J. (2014). Modifying Defining Issues Test (DIT) as a tool for assessing secondary students’ social-emotional competencies. Asia Pacific Education Review, 15(1), 1–20.
    • Ee, J., & Chang, A. (2009). Modelling of SEL competencies. In J. Ee (Ed.), Empowering metacognition through SEL: Lessons for the classroom (pp. 25–34). Singapore: Cengage Learning. 
    • Ee, J., & Ong, C. W. (2014). Which social emotional competencies are enhanced at an SEL camp?  Journal of Adventure Education & Outdoor Learning, 14(1), 24–41.
    • Ee, J., & Quek, L. C. (2013). Teachers’ perception of social emotional learning.  The Journal of Teaching & Teacher Education, 1(2), 59–72.
    • Ee, J., Tan, O. S., & Ng, A. K. (2008). Styles of Creativity: Adaptors and innovators in a Singapore Context.  Asia Pacific Education Review, 8(3), 364–373.
    • Ee, J., & Zhou, M. M. (2012). Empowering metacognition through social emotional learning. Research Report. Singapore: National Institute of Education.
    • Ee, J., Zhou, M., & Wong, I. (2014). Teachers’ Infusion of Social Emotional Learning. Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education, 2(1), 27–45.
  • Suzanne Choo Shen Li
    • Choo, S. S. (2013, November). Education for twenty-first century global capacities. In  APEC Education Cooperation Project, 1, 56–73.

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