Michael Anderson

Sydney School of Education and Social Work

“Problems cannot be solved using the same thinking that created them.” Einstein

Dr Michael Anderson is Professor in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at The University of Sydney. His research and teaching focusses on the essential roles of creativity and play in learning. His work has evolved into a program of research and publications that explore how education can be transformed to meet the needs of 21st century life. Professor Anderson’s most recent publication explores strategies to make schools more able to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.  Although Professor Anderson is a strong advocate for creativity development, he is also realistic in his admission that teachers lack a cogent strategy for helping young people develop their innate creativity.  His address for Boys to Men: Learning Today – Leading Tomorrow will focus on how creativity can be a standard expectation for all students today and beyond. In his keynote, Professor Anderson will consider the innovative linkages between the arts, play, and creativity as well as their potential to significantly improve learning, especially for boys.


Anderson, M. (2017). Transforming schools: Creativity, critical reflection, communication, collaboration. Sydney, Bloomsbury.