Wednesday, February 26

Learning environment to foster student creativity and innovation.

Koenen, Dochy and Berghmans (2015) argue that “a competence-based institution should function as a learning organization that’s constantly evolving in response to an ever-changing and increasingly complex professional practice”. Schools as learning organizations need “reculturing, retiming and restructuring” (Fullan, 2005). Such institutions should provide a correct learning environment to foster student creativity and innovation in order that they will effectively affect complex problems happened in their careers and daily lives (Wagner, 2010).

Moreover, creativity has been identified together of the key skills required from the 21st-century workforce and it should be considered as a critical goal for relevant stakeholders in education systems (Chan & Yuen, 2014; Robinson, 2011; Wagner, 2010). To support creativity and innovation, it’s not enough to develop practices in teacher-student level, but also to specialise in building organizational culture and structures.

Each Vietnamese institution must find their own next possible development step within the process. Managers play a crucial part in cultivating organizational learning towards Education 4.0. The aim of managers’ study visit to Finland was to strengthen common understanding and engagement to support the forthcoming development process. This aim was alright reached. As outcomes of the visit, we will identify many practical actions, which build an honest foundation for further development. Managers expressed the way they will build a replacement learning culture, like “We got to trust and support our teachers to learn” or “Encourage students to hitch and take their role in teaching and learning process”. They mentioned the necessity to form a robust linkage between educational institutions and industry by research and project-based learning and to vary the curriculum to satisfy the wants of companies. They recognized the necessity for utilizing digital tools and environments in building inspiring learning environments for teachers and students. it’s crucial that managers are motivated for changes and also learning themselves, as their own enthusiasm and interest can help to beat challenges.