Christopher Shaw - PhD. Design Education

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PhD Researcher
Mr Christopher Shaw



PhD Title
Identifying An Educational Framework To Develop Imaginative Thinking For Animation Students : An Asian Perspective

Creativity, Imagination, Singapore, Education, Pedagogy, Animation

Research Abstract
Although there is a wide range of definitions for Creativity (Kaufman, J. C. and Sternberg, R. J. 2010, Runco, M. A. 2014, Sawyer, R. K. 2012), it is commonly agreed it comprises of Knowledge and a Novelty factor (new/unique) to produce something of Use (Robinson, K. 2011, Sternberg, R. J. 1998). In order to grow the Creative Industries in Singapore, educational programmes understandably need to provide students with the opportunities and resources to develop both aspects of this definition – Knowledge and Imagination.

Imagination is the experimental section of the mind used to develop theories and ideas based on domain-specific knowledge. It is the ability to consider options (Robinson, K. 2011, Sternberg, R. J. 1988, 1998) and produce rapid prototyping in the brain. It allows us to apply knowledge and ask ‘What if?’ questions without being limited by obstacles such as conventions and practical rules (Egan 1992).

This research aims to seek a deeper understanding of the relationship between imagination and creativity, and identify factors that develop and inhibit students’ approaches to imaginative thinking. Ultimately, the aim is to develop an educational framework to develop a habitual approach to imaginative thinking.

Key Publications
Oh, J. E., Ho, J. C. F., Shaw, C., & Chan, J. (2018). Engaging creative media students’ motivation: The influence of autonomy, peer relationships, and opportunities in the industry. World Journal of Education, 8(6), 1–10.

BA(Hons), Falmouth University
MA(Dist), Bournemouth University

Dr. Henry Ma (Chief Supervisor)
Dr. Kenny Chow (Co-supervisor)

Specialization / Interests
Creative Thinking, Imaginative Thinking, Pedagogical Development

Date of Completion
January 2021