Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 3(9), pp. 598 - 605
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2015.030903
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Creativity in Higher Education


Drazena Gaspar *, Mirela Mabic
Faculty of Economics, University of Mostar, Matice Hrvatske bb, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

ABSTRACT

The paper presents results of research related to perception of creativity in higher education made by the authors at the University of Mostar from Bosnia and Herzegovina. This research was based on a survey conducted among teachers and students at the University. The authors developed two types of questionnaires, one for teachers and the other for students in order to investigate the perception about creativity at the University. Namely, the idea that higher education has key role in development of knowledge-based society and economy has been in the very heart of Bologna process – the overall reform of the higher education in European Union. Also, many official European Union documents identified creativity as a major driving force towards knowledge creation and social and economic advancement through the development of a knowledge society. But, the complex questions of knowledge-based society and economy could not be solved without creative, forward-looking individuals and groups who are not afraid to question established ideas and who are able to cope with the insecurity and uncertainty this entails. If today's universities, including University of Mostar, would not succeed in strengthening creativity of teaching process and education of their teachers and students, development of knowledge society could be at stake. The University of Mostar has been started with implementation of the main postulates of Bologna process since 2005. Almost ten years later, the authors wanted to examine if teachers and students of the University of Mostar are aware of the importance of creativity in higher education for development of knowledge society. That was the main reason why the authors started with research related to perception of creativity at the University of Mostar. The aim of this research was to investigate the awareness of teachers and students of the University related to the necessity to enhance creativity within and by academic community.

KEYWORDS
Creativity, Higher Education, Knowledge -based Society

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Drazena Gaspar , Mirela Mabic . "Creativity in Higher Education." Universal Journal of Educational Research 3.9 (2015) 598 - 605. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2015.030903.