The Changing Faces of Outcome-Based Learning: Teaching and Learning Creativity
The changing dynamics of the economic environment asks for a redefinition of roles and classification of expertise. Businessmen can no longer just focus on numbers and charts, and designers should not design for the sake of designing. The world is more interactive and integrative, inviting people to look beyond the surface of things. New dynamics prevail, creating new playgrounds with new rules and the rise of new persona. Creative thinking is an important skill that can be lifelong-learned for all ages.
This paper outlines the development of design education in Hong Kong, and the case of outcome-based learning has evolved and implemented. The study draws upon research through interviews and observations to identify the values that can enhance learning in the teaching and learning of creative thinking, which can be transferred across learning for the different age groups - 20's, 30's and 40's. The research proposes a model for implementing creative thinking with the outcome-based approach that can be used as a framework for structuring new education programmes, which nurture talents to meet the changing economic environment.
Keywords: Design Education, Creative Thinking, Dynamics, Outcome-Based Learning
Grace K. Lau
Academic Coordinator, School of Continuing and Professional Education, City University of Hong Kong