#MURASHUI0742296590KENYATTA UNIVERSITYDIGITAL SCHOOL OF VIRTUAL AND OPEN LEARNING IN COLLABORATIONWITHSCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES DEPARTMENT OFPHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIESCREATIVITY AND INNOVATIONWRITTEN BY:Dr. Kibaba MakokhaDr. Jacob Magero Dr. Josephat Oyigo Mr. JohnNziokaVETTED BY:Dr.Thomas Namwambah
INTRODUCTIONWelcome to this interactive instructional module that uses both action and collaborativelearning styles that provide you with diverse online learning experiences and effectivelearningprocesses.Thismoduleintroducesyoutothebasicconcepts,principlesandissuesincreativityandinnovation.Themodulebeginswithclarificationoftheconcepts,nature and scope of creativity. This enables you to clearly see and appreciate thedistinction between creativity and innovation and the importance of both skills in the 21stcentury. Building on that foundation, we proceed to discuss creative thinkingtechniquesand skills that are required to develop creativity and innovation as deliberateand purposefulendeavors. The module further examines types of creative thinking to help you furtherunderstand the scope of creativity and appreciate that creativity is achieved through aprocess of learning and education. The module then delves into themodelsofcreativethinking,theobstaclestocreativityandinnovation and providesuseful suggestions ofhow these obstacles can be surmounted. After clarifying thefoundational concepts andprinciples in creativity and innovation, the remaining part ofthe module concentrates onapplication of creativity and innovation in diverse aspects of life. In lesson six we look atthe process of creativity as a deliberate and purposeful activity that emerges fromanalytic reasoning not merely spontaneously and assess its practical implications ineveryday life. The module also investigates the role of nature and nurture in creativityand innovation. This helps you to clarify and correct themisconception that being creativeand innovative is an inborn talent only available in thelucky few. Building on theunderstanding we proceed to explore the role that aneducation that is truly quality canplay in nurturing the creative and innovative potential of the learners. In the same breath, wealso clarify the view that creativity and innovationare truly human endeavors present inboth men and women. We however acknowledgethat there are variations in men and womenexpression of creativity and innovation. Themodule then explores the role of creativity andinnovation in advancement of professions,research,academicpursuits,leadership anddevelopment.Finallythemodule concludes with a section on ethical issues in creativityand innovation. This provides a framework within which we can assess creativity andinnovation from the perspectiveofwhatisgood,desirableand worthwhileforsociety.