India encourages classroom creativity: Adobe study

02nd April 2014
India encourages classroom creativity: Adobe study

New Delhi, April 1, 2014: Educators in India lead the  Asia region in their support for both creative expressions in the classroom as well as the use of creative tools to clarify concepts. An overwhelming 97 percent of respondents feel that creative tools help students to better grasp theoretical concepts and enhance their overall understanding in the classroom.  
This is a key finding of  Adobe’s Asia Pacific-wide study titled ‘Education, Creativity and Employability’, announced  today at the 9th annual Adobe Education Leadership Forum being held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 178 educators from across India participated in the study from 7th to 18th March, 2014
Some other findings:
71 percent of educators strongly felt that regardless of the course of study, creative expression for students is a must today, higher than the APAC average of 64 percent
70 percent of them feel that the use of creative tools enhances a student’s conceptual understanding, over sixteen percent higher than the rest of APAC
44 percent of the educators strongly felt that students who are proficient in digital media skills have a bett­er chance of being recruited
Educators also noted the gaps in the current education system in the country as 31 percent strongly felt that it does not place enough emphasis on creative expression. However, they are slightly more than the rest of APAC, where the average was 37 percent.

With 66 percent of respondents who strongly agree, India is also ahead of the APAC average of 58 percent in understanding the importance of basic digital media skills for the workforce. However, Indian educators are well aligned with the rest of APAC on the career prospects it provides to digitally able students.
Says Kulmeet Bawa, Head Enterprise Sales, Adobe South Asia: “The study reinforces our belief that while we all understand the need for creativity in every aspect of a student’s life, we as a nation need to re-think our approach towards education to ensure we nurture the creative spark and provide the right platforms for our students.”