Integrating creative thinking skills pedagogies into a higher education visual arts course

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Although there has been increasing international emphasis on creativity in education, many creativity training programmes have focused on enhancing students' creative thinking skills with few studies on how these skills can be integrated into the teaching of subject disciplines. As a member of a Community of Practice project that ran from spring 2021 to summer 2022 at my university, I worked with ten university teachers from multiple disciplines to develop and implement instructional strategies to foster students' creative thinking skills. The paper documented the development, implementation and evaluation of creative thinking skills teaching strategies for a higher education course in visual arts. Both the development of the teaching strategies and the measurement of the impact on student learning have undergone vigorous research procedures and made reference to the existing literature. The effectiveness of the activities was assessed using multiple methods including the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking, a self-report inventory, and a focus group interview. The results indicated the new learning activities enhanced students' creative thinking skills. They also showed that creativity can be developed through teaching while revealing that playfulness, freedom and structure, group interactions, and problem-solving activities are beneficial for the development of creative thinking skills. Readers may better understand the different ways in which creative thinking skills instruction materials can be developed and incorporated into teaching of visual arts by making reference to the strategies suggested and the process of development in the paper. Copyright © 2023 National Society for Education in Art and Design and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-32
JournalThe International Journal of Art & Design Education
Issue number1
Early online dateJan 2023
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023


Tam, C. O. (2023). Integrating creative thinking skills pedagogies into a higher education visual arts course. The International Journal of Art & Design Education, 42(1), 16-32. doi: 10.1111/jade.12452


  • Creative thinking skills
  • Creative thinking pedagogies
  • Higher education
  • Creativity assessment
  • Aesthetics
  • Visual arts


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