Authors: Shani O'Brien
Addresses: School of Education and Human Development, University of Colorado, 1380 Lawrence St. Denver, CO 80204, USA
Abstract: This book review is a comprehensive examination of Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education by Sir Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica. Robinson and Aronica call for an education revolution in which project-based learning and creative problem-solving, along with academic rigor, replace standardised assessment-based curriculum in kindergarten through 12th grade public schools. They cite a variety of successful case studies of innovative school models that show that prioritising creative pursuits and interest-driven projects in schools increases intrinsic motivation and engagement of students in schools, as well as standardised assessment scores. Although their novel is not written from the direct perspective of a K-12 educator, nor does it cite well-known and accepted learning theories and philosophies, Robinson and Aronica's case studies, rationale and curriculum recommendations create a strong argument in favour of the revolution of current instructional practice.
Keywords: education; education reform; creativity; learning; innovation; 21st century; transformative education; innovative education; instructional practice; individualised education; project-based learning; school.
International Journal of Innovation in Education, 2018 Vol.5 No.2, pp.122 - 126
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