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The Role of Creativity and Innovation in School Curricula in the EU27: A content analysis of curricula documents

  • Authors: Gregor Heilmann and Werner B. Korte
  • EUR Number: JRC61106 Technical Note
  • Publication date: 10/2010


This report presents an original analysis of the frequency and location of the terms creativity and innovation and relevant synonyms in the obligatory schooling curricula documents from the EU Member States. In total, 37 countries and/or regions were studied and about 1,200 curricula documents were identified and analysed. Given national and/or regional differences in the educational systems and in the status of curricula documents, certain restrictions and limitations had to be taken into account when comparing and drawing inferences from the results. However, a major finding of the study is that Creativity and Innovation – the latter to a much lesser extent– effectively feature in the curricula of primary and secondary education in Europe, though major differences across countries have been observed.

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