The E5 Instructional Model

The E5 Instructional model consists of the following phases: engagement, exploration, explanation, elaboration, and evaluation. A summary of the phases as they relate to the tapping creative potential program is provided here.

  • EngagementCuriously enough, the teacher helps their students become engaged with the tapping creative potential project work by distancing themselves and in a sense breaking the pattern of teacher-student relationship. This 'freeing up' is essential if creativity is to flourish. An explanation is provided (examples are given in the handbook) about the nature of the design challenges, the students acting 'as if' they are professionals, being accountable to the 'project manager' and the involvement of the review panel.
  • ExplorationStudents consider the range of advertised design challenges and explore the possibilities based on their prior knowledge and creative preferences. The exploration includes the extensive application and selection process, essentially an exercise in self-awareness that includes the writing of a vision statement and several online personality and learning style assessments.
  • ExplanationOnce the students have chosen their project, explanations are provided by the teacher about the creative process, visualisation and other thinking skills, as well as the practical aspects of producing their design response.
  • ElaborationTeachers challenge and extend students' conceptual understanding and skills. Through the new experiences the project provides, the students develop a deeper and broader understanding of the creative process, largely through 'stealth learning'.
  • EvaluationThe comments provided by the review panel are one of the most significant aspects of the learning experience. It is immediate, from a credible source, and relates to a task that has absorbed much of the students thinking for previous weeks. This prompts the students to evaluate their overall performance and consolidate the positive learning experience in a way that can influence future learning.

An excellent poster of the E5 Instructional Model can be downloaded here. (PDF - 322Kb)