Creativity and Critical Thinking are the Heart of Innovation

Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation; (OECD-CERI), France

Creativity and critical thinking are at the heart of innovation, which has become a key to the growth and wellbeing of OECD economies and societies. But challenges remain for teachers: How to deliver these critical skills to their students. Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin will present ongoing work he leads at the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) on supporting teachers to develop and assess their students’ creativity and critical thinking. The OECD has worked in 11 countries to develop a community of practice and set of pedagogical resources to support the changes required in teaching and learning, laying the foundation for a standardized assessment of creative thinking to be developed for the PISA test’s innovative domain in 2021. New projects involve a continuation of the work in teacher education and higher education, in order to assess how a systemic change in this area could be achieved. These projects will be related to other work led by Stéphan on innovation in education and under what conditions countries can improve their education systems through innovation.


 Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin, Ph.D., is a Senior Analyst, Project Leader and Deputy Head of Division at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (Directorate for Education and Skills). He works for the OECD Centre for Education Research and Innovation (CERI) and leads its work on innovation in education and education for innovation.

His current work covers the nature of education and skills that matter in innovation and knowledge societies; the fostering and assessment of students’ creativity and critical thinking; the determinants of innovation-friendly ecosystems in the education sector, including digital technology, educational entrepreneurship, educational research, system and school organisation; the measurement of innovation in education. Stéphan’s work covers all levels of education, but he has worked and published extensively on higher education, notably on cross-border higher education, on the future of higher education and, most recently, on “open higher education”.

In addition to many articles and book chapters, he has co-authored and edited many OECD reports such as Ensuring Quality in Cross-Border Higher Education (2015), Measuring Innovation in Education: A New Perspective (2014), Art for Art’s Sake. The impact of arts education (2014), Review of the Italian Strategy for Digital Schools (2013), Sparking Innovation in STEM education trough Technology and Collaboration (2013).

Before joining the OECD, he has worked as lecturer and researcher in economics at the University of Paris-Nanterre and the London School of Economics. He is a Marie Curie Fellow and a 2007 Fulbright New Century Scholar. He holds a PhD in economics, a master’s in business management, and a master’s in philosophy.



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Dr. Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin;

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation;

(OECD-CERI), France.


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