Creativity and Imagining the Future in Education

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  • Date:102-04-23
    With the rapid changes in our global community and the environment, the Taiwanese government has chosen to enrich and enhance the students’ intellectual capacity and creative thinking through education that promotes the importance of “imagining the future” to improve technologies and the society in general. The mid-term plan to promote “creativity and imagining the future in education” (2011-2014) is implemented by the Ministry of Education.
    It covers seven focused issues for the future with six action plans for all educational stages. It trains a core group of teachers and offers various courses and teaching experiments to help build an innovative educational environment that would cultivate creative and imaginative individuals who would make changes for the future by supporting the government’s policy on “sustainable development” and helping future generations cope with the world.

Seven Focused Issues for the Future
    Since the scope of “imagining the future” is extensive, this plan has established seven focused issues that combine suggestions from experts and scholars of various advisory committees. Each action plan is responsible for one or two key issues, allowing the content and curriculum at all education levels as well as current local issues and global development trends to be addressed.
    The seven focused issues for the future include visions for the future of homes, industries, culture, technology, society, environment and education. These are integrated into the school curriculums, in line with major issues tackled by the United Nations and the European Union.

Six Action Plans
The Grad 1-9 Action Plan
    This action plan targets teachers and students in primary and secondary schools, and focuses on promoting local characteristics. Creativity and imagining the future in education will be introduced in primary and secondary schools to encourage creative learning, concern for the present, and vision for the future. It is hoped that imaginative and creative training will take root and become one of the basic elements of primary and secondary education.

The High School Action Plan
    This action plan helps high schools and teachers in Taiwan to guide teenagers in developing imagination and creativity as they take a journey to the future. We believe that instilling imagination and creativity is the key to providing a better future for teenagers. Since teachers are the gatekeepers, we hope to encourage them to learn teaching methods that promote imagination and creativity and to design new courses that would guide students in planning for the future and understanding the impact of science and technology. 

The University Action Plan
    This action plan involves a group of teachers, students, and graduates who are “free thinkers” and work together to achieve their dream. To avoid paranoia in fantasy, the “my little wild campus” project incorporates portfolios to assess creativity. This action plan emphasizes imagination as the basis for fantasy, concepts, practice, evaluation, and continuous development. 

The Adult Education Action Plan
    This action plan involves community university students and emphasizes the importance of adult education and the development of systematic thinking, flexibility, problem solving skills, environmental ethics, social concern and active citizenship in creating a vision for Taiwan’s society, technology, industry, culture, education and environment in the future.

The Assessment and Student Enrollment Action Plan
    The assessment and student enrollment system are very important parts of the educational context as they guide teaching practice. The actualization of developing creativity and skills for imagining the future among students depends on how assessment and student enrollment are planned and administrated. Thus the goals of this action plan are to develop the mechanisms for enrolling talents as well as reliable and valid instruments for assessment.

The Educational Administration Action Plan
    This action plan’s goal is to promote training and education programs targeted at educational administrative units. The objectives are to organize learning workshops for education administrators, create a model for developing imagination as a basis for visualizing the future, and track the process of integrating imagination into the education system. (This action plan was only implemented from 2011 to 2012.)

Integrating Different Educational Stages
Cooperation between the Grades 1-9 and the High School Action Plans
    Following the government’s new policy to develop a 12-year compulsory education system in the future, the Grades 1-9 and the High School Action Plans will cooperate to cultivate a group of core teachers capable of teaching imagination and creativity as well as developing relevant curriculum for Futures Education. 

Cooperation between the University and the Adult Education Action Plans
    To encourage the implementation of innovative ideas in real life, the University and the Adult Education Action Plans will cooperate to explore and imagine the future with local Taiwanese characteristics, and connect local industries and academia through “learning by doing.”

Learning Together for Parents and Children
    To encourage inter-generational dialogue, the Adult Education Plans includes designing and implementing courses for parents and children to learn together. In the classrooms, parents and children share their perspectives regarding future issues. They also take action in their communities in order to realize their imagination of “future homes.”