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Creative Teaching

An Evidence-Based Approach


Part of the Cognitive Science and Technology book series (CSAT)

Table of contents

About this book


This book contains an evidence-based pedagogic guide to enable any motivated teaching/training professional to be able to teach effectively and creatively. It firstly summarises the extensive research field on human psychological functioning relating to learning and how this can be fully utilised in the design and facilitation of quality learning experiences. It then demonstrates what creativity actually 'looks like' in terms of teaching practices, modelling the underpinning processes of creative learning design and how to apply these in lesson planning. The book, having established an evidence-based and pedagogically driven approach to creative learning design, extensively focuses on key challenges facing teaching professionals today. These include utilising information technologies in blended learning formats, differentiating instruction, and developing self-directed learners who can think well. The main purpose of the book is to demystify what it means to teach creatively, explicitly demonstrating the principles of good pedagogic design and communication strategies that underpin such activity. The message is clear - creative teaching competence is both a highly useful and a learnable capability.


Blended Learning CDIO Communication Strategies Communication Technologies Creative Instructional Strategies Creative Learning Design Creative Teaching Curriculum Innovation Information-communication Technologies Psychology Related Teaching

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Singapore PolytechnicSingaporeSingapore

About the authors

Dennis Sale is presently Senior Education Advisor at Singapore Polytechnic. He has previously worked across all sectors of the British educational system. Over the past 20 years Dennis has been extensively involved in training, coaching and assessing teaching professionals in a variety of vocational and cultural contents. He has invented highly effective and practical models for promoting good thinking in the curriculum, creative teaching and blended learning, which have been implemented in many educational institutions in several countries. Dennis is the author of ‘The Challenge of Reframing Engineering Education, the first book to fully document the implementation of the Conceive, Design, Implement, Operate (CDIO) Engineering Education Framework in an Asian context.

Bibliographic information


“This book is wise, thought-provoking, and peppered with powerful quotes.  Written using stories from his wide personal experience, the author vividly illustrates his 10 core principles of evidence-based teaching, and shows how to make these sensitive to any context.  The book demonstrates how to become a creative and effective teacher, including the use of blended learning, and also looks insightfully at how teachers themselves learn and develop as professionals. A great guide to becoming an effective teacher.” (Geoff Petty, one of Britain’s leading experts on teaching methods, author of “Teaching Today and Evidence-Based Teaching: A Practical Approach”)