"Creativity is inherent in people. It unfolds when circumstances allow it."
Creativity and problem-solving skills are key qualifications for shaping tomorrow's world in an innovative, resource-saving and sustainable way.
In order to teach young people these competencies, FLEX-BASED LEARNING was developed at the Upper Austrian University of Education. It contains a collection of innovative teaching techniques for science education, which focus on promoting mental and experimental flexibility.
Think-flex tasks specifically train the change of perspective and promote competencies such as "formulating hypotheses", "drawing conclusions" as well as "recognizing opportunities & risks", etc.
As an abbreviation for word-sentence constructions, young people are trained in their linguistic creativity. Technical terms have to be merged into a new, meaningful context.
Analogy building is a central element of creative development processes. The students not only learn to work with analogies and models, but also develop their own by means of creative grid searches.
Memo techniques & mind-maps
While mind-maps structure content in an original way, memo techniques challenge the imagination. By means of flexible thinking strategies, both techniques lead to the storage of complex specialized knowledge.
Change of perspective
The techniques "Nano Live Act" & "Creative Writing" are used to train the imagination. Young people slip into the role of particles, for example, and portray scientific phenomena.
Flex experiments train experimental, creative problem solving. Scientific problems are solved in different ways. They promote a positive error culture as well as self-efficacy.
Innovative material collections have been developed for the subjects of chemistry and physics for carrying out all flex experiments. As a so-called flex box, it can be used as a mobile experimental laboratory and is available from the teaching material company Conatex GmbH.