OECD Fostering and assessing students’ creativity and critical thinking skills in higher education

Note that this not a project under CIDEFES leadership

Funding type



12/2/2019 ->

Principal Investigator


Other Investigators

This project is being conducted at the Universidade Lusófona woth the responsibility of the CeiED.

Elsa Estrela (Coord.); Carla Galego; Sónia Vladimira Correia

Other investigators from the partners below


Monash University – Australia

Ontario Tech University – Canada McGill University – Canada

University College Copenhagen – Denmark

Aalto University – Finland

NISE (University of Limerick + Mary Immaculate College) – Ireland

Politecnico di Torino – Italy

Sophia University – Japan

International Christian University – Japan

KEDI (national coordinator) – Korea

Universidad de Guadalajara – Mexico

Universidad Pedagogica Nacional – Mexico

Shanghai Normal University – People’s Republic of China

Northeast Normal University – People’s Republic of China Central China

Normal University – People’s Republic of China

Escola Superior de Saude de Santa Maria – Portugal

Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão – Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo – Portugal

Técnico Lisboa (Lisbon University) – Portugal

Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias – Portugal

University of Porto – Portugal Universidade de Aveiro – Portugal

Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro – Portugal

Politécnico de Leiria – Portugal

National Research University Higher School of Economics – Russian Federation

Universidad Camilo Jose Cela – Spain

University of Winchester – United Kingdom


Creativity and critical thinking are key skills for the complex and globalized economies and societies of the 21st century. There is a growing consensus that higher education systems and institutions should cultivate these skills with their students. However, too little is known about what this means for everyday teaching and assessment practices. This project at the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) aims to support higher education institutions to innovate in their teaching and nurture students’ creative and critical thinking. The project builds an international community of practice around teaching, learning and assessing creativity and critical thinking. It seeks to identify the key contextual factors and effective approaches to foster these skills in higher education settings, develop and implement exemplary instructional practices and assess the effects of innovative pedagogies on students and faculty members. The findings of the project will be published in an international report in 2022. The monitoring instruments developed for the evaluation of the impacts of the project will also be made public. The pedagogical resources (rubrics, redesigned courses, assessments, faculty professional learning plans, etc.) will be shared under a Creative Commons licence so that they can inspire faculty and institutions internationally. Beyond contributing to the common good of teaching excellence in higher education, participating institutions develop their innovation and improvement capacity in teaching and learning thanks to their involvement in an international network of like-minded institutions. Ultimately, the project aims to trigger a sustainable improvement process in teaching and learning in higher education and beyond.