Open Journal Systems

Fostering Transferable Creativity: A Core Role for Art Education in School Curriculum

Arthur Cropley(1*)

(1) University of Hamburg
(*) Corresponding Author




Arts education occupies a fringe position in school curricula because the arts are widely regarded as accessible to only a chosen few and of little practical use, or as purely recreational. What is needed is understanding of the potential contribution of arts education to other areas of curriculum, including those often seen as the real core of school learning (“the three Rs”). The psychological processes and personal properties inherent to arts education correspond closely to those now regarded as vital right across the curriculum. In contrast, they are often neglected in conventional academic disciplines. Arts education is capable of promoting these processes and personal properties to transfer to other elements of the curriculum in the form of transferable creativity, but this will not occur without changes in mainline pedagogy, for example, in the assessment.


arts education; psychological processes; curriculum; transferable creativity

Creative Commons License
GUIDENA: Jurnal Ilmu Pendidikan, Psikologi, Bimbingan dan Konseling is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


Albrecht, N. J. (2016). Teachers teaching mindfulness with children: An interpretative

phenomenological analysis. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, School of Education,

Flinders University of South Australia. Retrieved from on April 21, 2017.

Burton, J., Horowitz, R., & Abeles, H. (1999). Learning in and through the arts: Curriculum

implications. New York: Teachers College, Columbia University.

Cropley, A. J. (2005). Problem-solving and creativity: Implications for classroom assessment. Leicester: British Psychological Society.

Cropley, A. J. (2012). Creativity and education: An Australian perspective. International

Journal of Creativity & Problem Solving, 22 (1), 9-25.

Cropley, A. J. (2016). The myths of heaven-sent creativity: Towards a perhaps less democratic but more down-to-earth understanding. Creativity Research Journal, 28, 238-246.

Cropley, A. J. (2018). Creativity or doom: Integrating STEM education to forestall disaster. International Journal of Creativity & Problem Solving, 28, 89-100.

Cropley, D. H., & Cropley, A. J. (2005). Engineering creativity: A systems concept of

functional creativity. In J. C. Kaufman and J. Baer (Eds.), Faces of the muse: How

people think, work and act creatively in diverse domains (pp. 169-185). Hillsdale, NJ:

Lawrence Erlbaum.

Cropley, D. H., & Cropley, A. J. (2015). The psychology of innovation in organizations. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Cutcher, A. (2014). Editorial. Australian Art Education, 36(1), 6-11.

Deresiewicz, W. (2015). The death of the artist – and the birth of the creative entrepreneur.

The Atlantic, January‒February issue. Retrieved from on October 20, 2015

Dezuanni, M., & Jetnikoff, A. (2011). Creative pedagogies and the contemporary school

classroom. In J. Sefton-Green, P. Thomson, K. Jones, & L. Bresler (Eds.), The

Routledge international handbook of creative learning (pp. 264-272). London, UK:


Duma, A., & Silverstein, L. (2014). A View into a decade of arts integration. Journal for

Learning Through the Arts, 10(1). Retrieved from on October 1, 2017.

Ebert, M., Hoffmann, J. D., Ivcevic, Z., Phan, C., & Brackett, M. A. (2015). Teaching

emotion and creativity skills through art: A workshop for children. International

Review of Creativity and Problem Solving, 25(2), 23-35.

Edwards, B. (1999). Drawing on the right side of the brain (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Penguin


Gautier, T. (2005 [1835]). Mademoiselle de Maupin. New York, NY: Penguin.

Guilford, J. P. (1987). Creativity research: Past, present and future. In S. G. Isaksen (Ed.),

Frontiers of creativity research: Beyond the basics (pp. 33-65). Buffalo, NY: Bearly.

Hetland, L., Winner, E., Veenema, S., & Sheridan, K. M. (2007). Studio thinking: The real

benefits of visual arts education. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus], (ca. 19 BCE [2005]). Ars poetica [The art of poetry,

translator A. S. Kline]. Retrieved from on October 1, 2017.

Hunter, A. G. (2012). Spiritual hunger:Integrating myth and ritual into daily life. Edinburgh,

UK: Einhorn Press.

Huss, E. (2016). Creative use of visual arts within conflict resolution. International Journal

of Creativity and Problem Solving, 26, 51-68.

Kampylis, P., & Valtanen, J. (2010). Redefining creativity – Analyzing definitions, collocations, and consequences. Journal of Creative Behavior, 44, 191-214.

Kant, I. (1914 [1790]). Kant’s critique of judgement [J. H. Bernard, translator]. London, UK:


Kaufman, J. C. (Ed.). (2014). Creativity and mental illness. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge

University Press.

Langsdorf, W. B. (1900). Tranquility of mind. New York, NY: Putnam's Sons.

Lombroso, C. (1985). The man of genius. London, UK: Charles Scribner’s Sons.

Ludwig, M., & Song, M. (2015). Evaluation of professional development in the use of arts- integrated activities with mathematics content: Findings from the evaluation of the

Wolf Trap Arts in Education Model development and dissemination grant. Final grant report. Retrieved from

pdf?la=en on October 1, 2017.

Ludwig, M. J., Song, M., Kouyate-Tate, M., Cooper, J. E., Phillips, L., & Greenbaum, S. (2014). Evaluation of professional development in the use of arts-integrated activities

with mathematics. Journal for Learning through the Arts, 10(1). Retrieved from Permalink: on September 29, 2016.

McWilliam, E., & Dawson, S. (2008). Teaching for creativity: towards sustainable and replicable pedagogical practice. Higher Education, 56, 633–643.

Moga, E., Burger, K., Hetland, L., & Winner, E. (2000). Does studying the arts engender creative thinking? Evidence for near but not too far transfer. Journal of Aesthetic Education, 34(3-4), 91-104.

Perso, T., Nutton, G., Fraser, J., Silburn, S. R., & Tait, A. (2011). “The Arts” in education: A review of arts in schools and arts-based teaching models that improve school engagement, academic, social and cultural learning. Darwin: Menzies School of Health Research.

Petronius Arbiter (1923). The Satyricon [translator J. M. Mitchell]. London, UK: Routledge.

Plucker, J. A., Beghetto, R. A., & Dow, G. T. (2004). Why isn’t creativity more important to

educational psychologists? Potentials, pitfalls, and future directions in creativity

research. Educational Psychologist, 39(2), 83-96.

Rabkin, N. (2004). Introduction: Learning and the arts. In N. Rabkin and R. Redmond (Eds.). Putting the arts in the picture: Reframing education in the 21st century (pp. 5-15). Chicago, IL: Columbia College Chicago.

Rooney, R. (2004). Arts-based teaching and learning: A review of the literature. Rockville, MD: WESTAT.

Rothman, J. (2014). Creativity creep. Retrieved from creep?utm_source=tnyandutm_campaign=generalsocialandutm_medium=twitterandmbid=social_twitter on September 29, 2016.

Ruppert, S., & Habel, S. (2011, July 19). Integrating the arts across the curriculum [webinar].

In Education Week Webinar. Retrieved from

artsintegration.pdf on September 29, 2016.

Silvia, P. J., Kaufman, J. C., Reiter-Palmon, R., & Wigert, B. (2011). Cantankerous creativity: Honesty–humility, agreeableness, and the HEXACO structure of creative achievement. Personality and Individual Differences, 51, 687–689.

Sternberg, R. J. (2007). Creativity as a habit. In Tan, A.-G. (Ed.), Creativity: A handbook for

teachers (pp. 3-26). Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Company.

Sternberg, R. J. (2012). The assessment of creativity: An investment-based approach. Creativity Research Journal, 24, 3-12.

Thomson, P., & Sefton-Green, J. (2011). Introduction. In P. Thomson and J. Sefton-Green

(Eds.), Researching creative learning (pp. 1-13). London, UK: Routledge.

Tsanoff, R. (1949). The ways of genius. New York, NY: Harper and Brothers.

Winner, E. (1985). Invented worlds: The psychology of the arts. Cambridge, MA: Harvard

University Press.

Wittkower, R., & Wittkower, M. (1963). Born under Saturn: The character and conduct of

artists. New York, NY: Norton.

Arthur Cropley
University of Hamburg


32 Views, 0 Download Vol 10, No 1 (2020) Section: EDITORIAL Submitted: 2019-12-13 Published: 2020-06-30