In today’s knowledge-based economies, creativity in higher education has become a central focus for policy-makers. However, developing student creativity is still a challenge for higher education institutions. This seminar explores the role played by the time of day and off-task breaks, in enhancing creativity and problem-solving in student groups. The presentation draws on experimental lab-based research carried out at Sheffield University Management School, which has recently been featured in Tmes Higher Education https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/want-your-students-think-creatively-teach-them-lunchtime.
This research shows that by breaking up teaching sessions with low effort routine breaks, groups can significantly enhance their creativity. Furthermore, it is seen that collaborative social breaks enhance the creative process relative to individual breaks. In addition, the studies show that the creative productivity of groups varies significantly across the working day, with a creative peak around lunchtime. So taking time away from the task as a group, and scheduling class activities around the middle of the day, boost the creative process. This research therefore points to the careful management of off-task breaks and class timetabling in L&T environments.
Dermot Breslin is a Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour at Sheffield University Management School. His research focuses on evolutionary approaches in organisation and management studies, including longitudinal, multi-level and lab-based studies of change. Dermot has over 14 years commercial experience in the manufacturing sector, and has worked in engineering design, operations and sales management. He remains closely engaged with practice through knowledge exchange and impact activities.
Dermot is a member of the British Academy of Management Council and is Co Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Management Reviews. Dermot also has visiting professor roles in Germany and Italy, and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Management Studies, and the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research
10.30 - 11.00 Refreshments in the Courtyard Cafe (Level C)
11.00 - 12.30 Seminar in Lecture Theatre 2 (Level B)