The OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation is launching a new project on “fostering and assessing students’ creative and critical thinking skills in higher education”. The project is about institutional development in the area of teaching and learning and invites higher education institutions interested in developing their capacity in teaching and learning to participate in it. It would be very helpful if you could share information about this opportunity with colleagues and other institutions that may be interested. One of the area of work will be
The project builds on work that has been implemented in the past 3 years at the primary and secondary education levels. The basic idea is that there is still a lack of clarity about what creativity and critical thinking mean in the higher education contexts and how higher education faculty and institutions could support their students in developing these skills. Based on existing and suggested pedagogical practices, the project will develop tools for the higher education sector to improve the quality of its teaching, learning and assessment of these skills – while continuing to develop students’ technical and analytical skills.
As part of its strand on higher education, the project will work on teacher education: what kind of teacher education programmes and pedagogical activities for teacher students will help them develop their creative and critical thinking skills and become better teachers who can review critically the resources provided by education publishers and be creative in their teaching practices? What kinds of courses and resources could be developed to support faculty and institutions to equip teacher students with creative and critical thinking skills while they develop their teaching skills? An international network of teacher education institutions/programmes will explore these questions as part of a community of practice coordinated by the OECD.