Adaptivity and Creativity in the Arts: The Nexus and Affordances

Part of the Education Innovation Series book series (EDIN)


This chapter examines the changes that take place in the learning culture of a school through the adoption and implementation of an arts-anchored curriculum, in an effort to infuse creativity into the education system. The first part of the chapter illustrates the role that creativity and adaptive expertise play in the current social and economic climate where meaning-making from multiple disciplines, working with novel situations, and life-wide and lifelong learning are valued. At the same time, the central role that creativity plays in shaping expertise, and the ways that they can be incorporated into the current education system are elucidated. The case study of a specialised school which strives to develop a system that caters to creatively inclined learners and budding artists is then featured. The way that the school’s leaders, teachers, and learners have deliberately centred their educational interactions through a curriculum that features multiple links between the academic and arts disciplines is then explained. Rather than casting the learning processes in the shadow, this section elaborates on how the school strives to place the learning process at the centre of the educational process. This chapter also points out the contextual, social, and cultural leverages that allow its learners to acquire flexible and adaptive understandings of subjects.The authors then argue that while creativity is necessary, it is not a sufficient condition for schools, and that there needs to be a deeper appreciation of the emergent and unstable nature of adaptivity to ensure that this culture of learning is sustainable.


Creative Thinking School Leader Creative Production Adaptive Expertise Creative Space 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Institute of EducationNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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