‘SHARP’ skills : the need for creativity for tomorrow’s learners
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Citation:Byrnes, V.K. (2019, October). ‘SHARP’ Skills: The Need for Creativity for Tomorrow’s Learners. Paper presented at the 7th Sino NZ Vocational Education and Training Model Symposium, Qingdao, China.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:https://hdl.handle.net/10652/4786
Now, perhaps more than ever, the world needs creativity and the complete set of attributes that traditionally lie in the creative sector. All sectors are being asked to find fast alternative solutions to both new and age-old problems in ever-changing times. Some would say that humanity is at an evolutionary tipping point that requires empathetic, critical, and agile innovators and communicators. Innovation – but particularly creativity - is vital in the modern world, and will be an essential skillset for tomorrow’s learners. Soft skills are perhaps better known as ‘sharp’ skills, and creativity provides the answer. Creativity is a skillset, an attitude, and a way of being. Above all else, it is a way of seeing the world with positive growth and the capacity to think beyond known rituals and perceived boundaries. It is often a binary set of circumstances from which something new emerges. It can also be taught. This paper draws on recent global perspectives on creativity, plus extensive research that sheds light on New Zealand and Unitec’s approaches to creativity. It offers a notion of creativity that makes us unique in New Zealand/ Aotearoa. One thing is certain: the creative domain is no longer just for creatives. ‘SHARP’ skills are essential for tomorrow’s learners