‘SHARP’ skills : the need for creativity for tomorrow’s learners

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Byrnes, Vanessa
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New Zealand
Unitec Institute of Technology. School of Creative Industries
Beijing Dance Academy
collaborative learning
double degree delivery
creative practice
work readiness
Unitec courses
Beijing (China)
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Byrnes, V.K. (2019). SHARP’ skills : the need for creativity for tomorrow’s learners. In Trish Chaplin-Cheyne (Chief Editor), Tony O’Brien (Editor), Su Bolland (Editorial Assistant) (Ed.), Proceedings of the 7th Sino-New Zealand Vocational Education and Training Model Programme Symposium, held 14-15 October 2019, Qingdao Technical College, China. (pp. 55-61).
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. S- Skills and structure H- Habit and heuristic knowledge A- Awareness and agility R- Risk and responsibility P- Position and perspective
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