This paper addresses the way in which students’ cognitive creativity and the construction of meaning could be fostered by means of assessment in a Problem-based learning programme. We propose that a dual assessment structure within such a programme through examinations and coursework assignments could ensure the acquisition of a foundational knowledge base while allowing the development of the cognitive creative process. Using a Dutch University as a case study, including its assessment philosophy and practice, we describe and tentatively support by means of some preliminary results how assessment can foster construction of meaning. The paper closes on suggestions for practice in fostering cognitive creativity through assessment in Problem-based learning programmes.

Problem-based learning, assessment, cognitive creativity
Journal of problem based learning in higher education
Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Servant, V.F.C, Noordzij, G, Spierenburg, E.J., & Frens, M.A. (2015). Thinking in Possibilities: Unleashing creativity through assessment in a Problem-based learning environment in Liberal Arts and Sciences. Journal of problem based learning in higher education, 3, 46–62. Retrieved from