Learning Continuum of Critical and Creative Thinking

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This element involves students creating ideas and actions, and considering and expanding on known actions and ideas.

Students imagine possibilities and connect ideas through considering alternatives, seeking solutions and putting ideas into action. They explore situations and generate alternatives to guide actions and experiment with and assess options and actions when seeking solutions. In developing and acting with critical and creative thinking, students:

  • imagine possibilities and connect ideas
  • consider alternatives
  • seek solutions and put ideas into action.

Level 1

Typically by the end of Foundation Year, students:

Seek solutions and put ideas into action

predict what might happen in a given situation and when putting ideas into action

Consider alternatives

suggest alternative and creative ways to approach a given situation or task

Imagine possibilities and connect ideas

use imagination to view or create things in new ways and connect two things that seem different

Level 2

Typically by the end of Year 2, students:

Imagine possibilities and connect ideas

build on what they know to create ideas and possibilities in ways that are new to them

Seek solutions and put ideas into action

investigate options and predict possible outcomes when putting ideas into action

Consider alternatives

identify and compare creative ideas to think broadly about a given situation or problem

Level 3

Typically by the end of Year 4, students:

Seek solutions and put ideas into action

experiment with a range of options when seeking solutions and putting ideas into action

Consider alternatives

explore situations using creative thinking strategies to propose a range of alternatives

Imagine possibilities and connect ideas

expand on known ideas to create new and imaginative combinations