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 4

Typically by the end of Year 6, students:

Imagine possibilities and connect ideas

combine ideas in a variety of ways and from a range of sources to create new possibilities

Consider alternatives

identify situations where current approaches do not work, challenge existing ideas and generate alternative solutions

Seek solutions and put ideas into action

assess and test options to identify the most effective solution and to put ideas into action

Level 5

Typically by the end of Year 8, students:

Imagine possibilities and connect ideas

draw parallels between known and new ideas to create new ways of achieving goals

Consider alternatives

generate alternatives and innovative solutions, and adapt ideas, including when information is limited or conflicting

Seek solutions and put ideas into action

predict possibilities, and identify and test consequences when seeking solutions and putting ideas into action

Level 6

Typically by the end of Year 10, students:

Imagine possibilities and connect ideas

create and connect complex ideas using imagery, analogies and symbolism

Consider alternatives

speculate on creative options to modify ideas when circumstances change

Seek solutions and put ideas into action

assess risks and explain contingencies, taking account of a range of perspectives, when seeking solutions and putting complex ideas into action