Professor Bill Lucas is an international advisor to ACRE and its Social Enterprise Schools initiative. Bill partnered with ACRE last week in Melbourne and Beechworth to present some very thought provoking, lively and interactive workshops on a key educational capability: Critical and Creative Thinking.

Bill is a passionate advocate for the value of teaching capabilities to young people, employers, parents and teachers, drawing on the strong evidence that exists.

Critical and creative thinking, social and emotional capability, ethical understanding and intercultural understanding are capabilities that have been introduced into the Australian curriculum.

‘Capabilities play a vital role in global education. Australia must treat capabilities with the same respect as other subject areas or risk falling behind international standards’.

Bill Lucas 2018

Top 5 Habits of Creative Thinkers

  1. Being imaginative means….trying things out. It means making connections by combining ideas from different places. It means being able to carry on even when you can’t fully explain yet your reasons for doing what you’re doing or how you’re doing it.
  2. Being inquisitive means….wondering and posing questions to help you understand and develop new ideas. It means acting on your wonderings and questioning, by exploring and investigating to try and see and find out more. It means as you investigate you are also pausing to ask ‘do I accept what this information is telling me?’
  3. Being persistent means….not giving up easily. It means being able to deal with things even when they are not yet fully worked out. It means sticking at something even when it seems difficult. It means being confident enough to dare to be different.
  4. Being collaborative means….sharing ideas or things with others. It means giving and receiving feedback through being kind, specific and helpful to improve ideas. It means cooperating with others, being aware of team member’s roles and strengths, the kind of problem the team is trying to solve together and what stage in the journey the team is at.
  5. Being disciplined means…. reflecting on your thinking to help you see if you are making progress and checking the quality of new ideas and thoughts. It means developing and practising a range of skills to help you improve. It means taking pride in your social enterprise by knowing all about your product or service and by practising and using mistakes to learn and make improvements.

(Adapted & sourced from: Lucas & Spencer, 2017, Teaching Creative Thinking)

Social Enterprise Schools links to Capabilities

Social Enterprise Schools is an evidenced based program that has been proven to provide an effective framework for schools to deliver on critical and creative assessment tasks.

Bill Lucas is a member of an independent advisory panel to the Social Enterprise Schools initiative, delivered in Australia by ACRE through a 20-year social licence agreement with Scotland’s world-leading Social Enterprise Academy.

Bill Lucas co-chairs the OECD strategic advisory group for the 2021 PISA test on Creative Thinking. Bill is an international adviser to the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and a leading authority and author on learning, change, creativity and leadership.

Social Enterprise Schools Mapped to Victorian Curriculum

The Social Enterprise Schools initiative has been mapped to the Victorian Curriculum F-10, following a 12-month collaboration between teachers, students, researchers and curriculum specialists.

A teacher toolkit will be launched in early 2019, giving teachers evidence-based resources for teaching critical and creative thinking though social enterprise.

Already operating in 20 schools across Victoria, ACRE is now taking expressions of interest from schools interested in joining the Social Enterprise Schools initiative in the 2019 school year.