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What can we learn from a century of cultivating creative thinking in Japan?
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Teaching and Learning, 18(1),9-18
Advancement in science and technology is indebted to innovative and creative ideas. Economic modernization and social advancement would not be possible without creative thinking. Seeing that, teaching creative thinking is regarded as one of the essential social and pedagogical endeavours. How should creative thinking be cultivated? Can creative thinking be taught? Can pupils think creatively after attending lessons
on creative techniques? How can creative thinking be cultivated?
In this article, the Japanese's experience in exploring creative models and in promoting creative thinking is presented. In the first section, a management model employed in some Japanese factories is illustrated. Takahashi's (1993) view on the Japanese's creativity is highlighted. In
the second section, development of creative thinking in Japan in the twentieth century is discussed. The Japanese's indigenous techniques of creative thinking are presented in the third section. Lastly, the
Japanese's experience in cultivating creative thinking is analysed from the educational perspective.
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