Laboratory of Creativity

By Libby Cohen.

Published by The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts

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This study explored school leaders', architects', and students’ perceptions of an arts learning environment and the ways in which the spaces, place, and surroundings could potentially influence learning and creativity. In Singapore, participation in and support of the arts and arts education are viewed as having essential roles in cultivating and catalyzing a creative, knowledge-based economy. Interviews were conducted with school leaders and the architectural team. Students submitted drawings and narrative descriptions about the influence of the learning environment and surroundings influences their learning. The results indicated that learning spaces, place, and surroundings propelled the imaginations of the students as anticipated by the architectural team and school leaders. Students perceived the school building and its learning spaces as organically interacting with them and actively fostering their learning and creativity. The building is viewed as the embodiment of the arts—as a laboratory of creativity.

Keywords: Arts, Learning Environment, Singapore

The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.25-30. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 291.648KB).

Prof. Libby Cohen

Associate Dean, Research, Research, National Institute of Education, Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

Libby Cohen is Associate Dean for Research and Professor at the National Institute of Education, Singapore. Her interests focus on international education, arts education, teaching methodologies, and arts research.