How to inspire them...

2nd May 2003 at 01:00
Schools would look very different if they encouraged creativity, says psychology professor Robert Sternberg: "There would be much more emphasis on encouraging the kids to think in their own way, rather than in the way the teacher does or the system does," he says. These are some of the changes needed:

* Adults would be models of creativity

* Schools would encourage risk-taking, even if it led to failure

* Mistakes would not be criticised

* Adults would tell stories of things they tried which did not work

* Ambiguity and uncertainty would be widespread

* Students would be encouraged to find things they love to do

* Schools would encourage delayed gratification

* Creativity would be assessed and rewarded

* Everyone would have time to play around with ideas "The Handbook of Creativity" edited by Robert J Sternberg, is published by Cambridge University Press

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today