The 4th International Symposium on Education, Psychology and Social Sciences

May 10-12, 2016 Osaka, Japan

Keynote Speech


Teaching for Creativity: The Necessary Elements for Fostering Creativity in Education

Professor Henry MA
Associate Dean, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Leader, Creativity and Design Education Laboratory

Summary of Keynote Speech

Conventional education systems often hinder the development of creativity. Teachers always expect a single best answer for every problem. The education system assumes teachers know all the answers and their duty is to pass these on to the students and save the students’ from making the effort to seek answers for themselves. Moreover, the education system also over-emphasizes the acquiring of knowledge but lacks emphasis on creative thinking skills. However we are living in fast-changing times, knowledge and skills are becoming obsolete much faster than that are in the past. Fostering creativity can help our students meet the future challenge. Many educators and scholars proposed different methods for fostering creativity. This lecture will discuss the conception of creativity and present a theoretical framework with different elements that shall help in fostering creativity in our teaching and learning practice.

About the Speaker

Dr. Henry Ma, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Guest Research Professor of the Beijing Film Academy and Honorary Professor of Gratia Christian College. He received the “Creative Industry Leader Award in China” (中國創意產業領軍人物獎) and the Hong Kong Digital Entertainment Industry Person of the Year Award (Digital Entertainment Education) in 2012 and 2007 respectively. Henry graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts School of Technical Arts; School of Management, University of Leicester and the Centre for Mass Communication Research, University of Leicester and received his PhD from School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Henry is member of the Audio Engineering Society, Broad Member of the Hong Kong ACM SIGGRAPH Professional Chapter and Vice-Chairman (Education) of the Hong Kong Digital Entertainment Association. With his active participation in the creative media industry, he has been involved in the design and production of stage, film and TV projects.
In the last ten years, Henry participated in a number of research projects and high-end consultancy projects as principle investigators, project leaders or deputy project leaders with a cumulative sum of funding over fifteen million Hong Kong dollars. These research projects include study of teaching for creativity, management of creativity, project-based blended learning strategy, game-based learning, augmented reality and motion capture. In the last six years, Henry focused on research of creativity and creativity education and released a number of peer reviewed journal papers and conference papers. Henry currently serves as leader of the Creativity and Design Education Laboratory and leads a team of faculty and research staff in conducting studies in creativity and design education.


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