Infusing creativity and technology in 21st century education: A systemic view for change

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In this article, we explore creativity alongside educational technology, as fundamental constructs of 21st century education. Creativity has becoming increasingly important, as one of the most important and noted skills for success in the 21st century. We offer a definition of creativity; and draw upon a systems model of creativity, to suggest creativity emerges and exists within a system, rather than only at the level of individual processes. We suggest that effective infusion of creativity and technology in education must be considered in a three-fold systemic manner: at the levels of teacher education, assessment and educational policy. We provide research and practical implications with broad recommendations across these three areas, to build discourse around infusion of creative thinking and technology in 21st century educational systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-37
Number of pages11
JournalEducational Technology and Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2016


  • Assessment
  • Creativity
  • Policy
  • Teacher education
  • Teacher professional development
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Engineering


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