Creativity and collaborative learning and teaching strategies in the design disciplines

Turnbull, Morag; Littlejohn, Allison and Allan, Malcolm (2010). Creativity and collaborative learning and teaching strategies in the design disciplines. Industry and Higher Education, 24(2) pp. 127–133.



Creativity can be described as the ability to generate new ideas and combine existing ideas in new ways to find novel solutions to problems. Creativity is enhanced by a free flow of knowledge and through social contact. On this basis, the authors argue that knowledge sharing is central to creativity in design and present preliminary evidence to support that view. Design education should therefore include learning and teaching approaches that encourage knowledge sharing. The authors suggest that these approaches should be based on the patterns of knowledge sharing of designers from the creative industries so that students are appropriately prepared for future employment. The paper presents an analysis of the practices of designers in the creative industries in Scotland.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 42279
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 2043-6858
  • Keywords
  • teaching; learning; idea generation; design education; creativity; collaborative learning; creative industries; knowledge sharing
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
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  • © 2010 IP Publishing Ltd.
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  • Allison Littlejohn