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Creativity in Schools in Europe: A Survey of Teachers

  • Authors: CACHIA Romina, FERRARI Anusca, KEARNEY Caroline, PUNIE Yves, VAN DEN BERGHE Wouter, WASTIAU Patricia
  • EUR Number: JRC55645
  • Publication date: 12/2009


This brochure provides the preliminary results of an online survey of around 10,000 teachers. from the 27 Member States of the European Union, about their opinions concerning creativity in schools, as a contribution to the 2009 European Year of Creativity and Innovation.
Teachers in Europe believe that creativity is a fundamental competence to be developed at school and that Information and Communication Technologies can enhance creativity. An overwhelming majority of teachers also believe that creativity can be applied to every domain of knowledge and to every school subject. However, even when a big majority of teachers believe everyone can be creative, and that creativity is not solely a characteristic of eminent people, the conditions for favouring creativity are not always available in schools in Europe.
The aim of the survey has been to understand how teachers in Europe frame and conceptualise creativity and to collect information on the support they receive and need to foster students’ creativity. This brochure presents preliminary results from the 27 Member States of the European Union. More in-depth analysis and related studies will be reported on in the course of 2010. The survey was launched by European Schoolnet (EUN), a network of 31 Ministries of Education in Europe and beyond, together with the Joint Research Centre's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) with the support of the European Commission's Directorate General for Education and Culture.

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