Becoming a Creative Genius: How a Creative Learning Environment Can Facilitate Transdisciplinary Engagement and Creative Mindsets in a Life-Long Learning Perspective

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Abstract

The increasing complexity of society's sustainability issues requires new educational approaches that facilitate transversal skills and competencies suitable for the 21st century. Students must be equipped with discipline-specific expertise or technical skill; but also competencies to collaborate across disciplines in creating innovative solutions to complex problems. This paper explores whether a problem-based learning environment focusing on creativity facilitates transdisciplinary engagement and creative competencies and to what extent this manifests into transdisciplinary career paths and creative mindsets in a life-long learning perspective. An analysis of interviews with graduates from a transdisciplinary program, Creative Genius, at Aalborg University indicates that a pedagogical approach focusing on the embodiment of creative competencies helps prepare students to transition from student to professional and equip them to engage in transdisciplinary and complex problem-solving in industry and society. Based on the results, the paper proposes a model for creative transdisciplinary thinking and suggests a focus on creative self-efficacy as an essential learning outcome in transdisciplinary PBL environments.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Problem Based Learning in Higher Education
Volume11
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)34-53
Number of pages20
ISSN2246-0918
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2023

Keywords

  • creativity
  • higher education
  • Problem-based learning
  • transdisciplinary engagement

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