This entry discusses the kinds of creative strategies that support out-of-school learning (OSL). The entry begins by defining creative strategies, then introduces two types of creative strategies ([1] those that bring OSL into classrooms and [2] those that push learning outside schools), and closes by discussing the process of developing and using creative OSL strategies.

What Makes an OSL Strategy Creative?

Creativity is a combination of originality and meeting task constraints as defined within a specific context. OSL environments provide numerous opportunities for creative learning and expression. But what makes for a creative OSL strategy? Having students visit a museum and work through a packet of activities with predetermined outcomes would, for instance, meet the criteria of adhering to task constraints, but it may not afford opportunities ...

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