How Can We Teach and Assess Creativity and Innovation in PBL?

On lists of 21st century competencies, there used to be 3 C’s - critical thinking, collaboration, and communication - but now there are four. Creativity, and its cousin innovation, makes most of the lists of today. (Sometimes you see more C’s, such as cross-cultural competence or citizenship, but that’s another story.) In today’s workplace and economy, it pays to be creative and innovative – and it doesn't hurt to possess these traits for life in general, either. The many books, blog posts, and online resources about the topic that we’re suddenly seeing are evidence that, both in the U.S. and around the world, cultivating this competency in young people is viewed as key to their own – and their nation’s – success.

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