Rethinking Creativity

Author: Vlad Petre Glăveanu
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317962230
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Rethinking Creativity from the Author: Vlad Petre Glăveanu. Despite more than half a century of psychological research on creativity we are still far from a clear understanding of the creative process, its antecedents and consequences and, most of all, the ways in which we can effectively support creativity. This is primarily due to a narrow focus on creative individuals isolated from culture and society. Rethinking Creativity proposes a fundamental review of this position and argues that creativity is not only a psychological but a sociocultural phenomenon. This edited volume aims to relocate creativity from inside individual minds to the material, symbolic and social world of culture. It brings together eminent social and cultural psychologists who study dynamic, transformative and emergent phenomena, and invites them to conceptualise creativity in ways that depart from mainstream definitions and theoretical models existing in past and present literature on the topic. Chapters include reflections on the relationship between creativity and difference, creativity as a process of symbolic transformation, the role of apprenticeships and collaboration, the importance of considering materiality and affordances in creative work, and the power of imagination to construct individual trajectories. The diverse contributions included in this book offer readers multiple pathways into the intricate relationship between mind, culture, and creativity, and invite them to rethink these phenomena in ways that foster creative action within their own life and the lives of those around them. It will be of key interest to both social and cultural psychologists, as well as to creativity researchers and those who, as part of their personal or professional life, try to understand creativity and develop creative forms of expression.

Rethinking Creativity

Author: Ronald R. Morgan
Publisher: Phi Delta Kappa International Incorporated
ISBN: 9780873676588
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Rethinking Creativity from the Author: Ronald R. Morgan.

Innovating Minds

Author: Wilma Koutstaal
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199316023
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Innovating Minds from the Author: Wilma Koutstaal. What is creative thinking really all about? How do we discover promising new ways of making, imagining, and adeptly moving towards our creative goals, whether working on our own or together with others?Innovating Minds offers a perspective grounded in science to help us realize our individual and collective creativity. The book presents a five-part "thinking framework" in which ideas are continually formed and re-formed within the dynamic interplay of our minds, brains, and environments. Ideas exist in our minds, but they are steeped in emotion, motivation, perception, and action--and they rely on support from our environments, in all their social, physical, and symbolic complexities. Drawing on research from studies on individuals participating in small groups, multinational organizations, and brain networks, Innovating Minds illuminates the real-world challenges facing creative professionals from all walks of life--from dancers to designers, artists, architects, scientists, software developers, and others. The thinking framework raises five essential questions: 1. What ideas are competing for your attention and awareness, and how are you helping to form and re-form them? 2. Are you aptly zooming in and zooming out? 3. Do you allow for both spontaneity and deliberateness in your thinking? 4. Are you thinking using the full power of concepts, together with sensing, feeling, and well-chosen action goals? 5. How do you ask your environments and your "thinking tools" to creatively partner with you? Throughout, Innovating Minds invites readers to explore and put to use lessons from the thinking framework with exercises, thinking prompts, and activities called creativity cross-checks and queries. Built on a broad platform of brain, behavioral, and organizational sciences, the integrative thinking framework provides new and enduring resources for becoming more innovative thinkers and doers.

Learning Identities In A Digital Age

Author: Avril Loveless
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135070334
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Learning Identities In A Digital Age from the Author: Avril Loveless. Digital media are increasingly interwoven into how we understand society and ourselves today. From lines of code to evolving forms of online conduct, they have become an ever-present layer of our age. The rethinking of education has now become the subject of intense global policy debates and academic research, paralleled by the invention and promotion of new learning identities, which are intended to incite teachers and students to think, feel, and act as social operators in schools and beyond. Learning Identities in a Digital Age provides a critical exploration of how education has been reimagined for the digital future. It argues that education is now the subject of a "cybernetic" mode of thought: a contemporary style of thinking about society and identity that is saturated with metaphors of networks, flexibility, interactivity, and connectedness. This book examines how shifts in thought have translated into fresh ideas about creative learning, interactive tools, curriculum reform, and teacher identity. The text identifies how learning identities have been promoted, and position young people as networked learners, equipped for political, economic and cultural participation in the digital age. Included in the text: - mapping the digital age - reconstructing the future of education -making up digital learning identities -assembling creative learning -thinking with digital tools - protoyping the curriculum of the future -being a teacher in a digital age. This book situates education and technology in an intergenerational and interdisciplinary conversation. It will be of interest to students, researchers and practising education professionals who want to understand the wider sociological and psychological significance of new technologies on education and learner identity.

Rethinking Imagination

Author: Gillian Robinson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136142762
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Rethinking Imagination from the Author: Gillian Robinson. Pulling together a collection of richly informative essays Rethinking Imagination addresses competing sets of ideas, oscillating between the modern and post-modern, creativity and sublimity, progress and apocalypse, democracy and redemption Enlightenment and Romanticism and reason and imagination. Aiming to thematise these debates from the perspective of the imagination, Rethinking Imagination takes two directions. The first addresses a socio-cultural interpretation in which the distinguishing figures of modernity can be viewed as continuing differentiation and autonomatization of spheres and systems that goes well beyond the divisions of labour. The second is an ongoing philosophical discourse about the imagination and its relation to reason which has been present since Enlightenment. Divided into two separate yet interconnected parts, this book is a highly significant collection of essays and a valuable contribution to the field of philosophical and socio-cultural sociology. It is a key book for undergraduate, postgraduate and academic researchers.

Spaces Of Vernacular Creativity

Author: Tim Edensor
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134018452
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Spaces Of Vernacular Creativity from the Author: Tim Edensor. Creativity has become part of the language of regeneration experts, urban planners and government policy makers attempting to revive the economic and cultural life of cities in the 21st century. Concepts such as the creative class, the creative industries and bohemian cultural clusters have come to dominate thinking about how creativity can contribute to urban renewal. Spaces of Vernacular Creativity offers a critical perspective on the instrumental use of arts and creative practices for the purposes of urban regeneration or civic boosterism. Several important contributions are brought into one volume to examine the geography of locally embedded forms of arts and creative practice. There has been an explosion of interest in both academic and policy circles in the notion of creativity, and its role in economic development and urban regeneration. This book argues for a rethinking of what constitutes creativity, foregrounding non-economic values and practices, and the often marginal and everyday spaces in which creativity takes shape. Drawing on a range of geographic contexts including the U.S., Europe, Canada and Australia, the book explores a diverse array of creative practices ranging from art, music, and design to community gardening and anticapitalist resistance. The book examines working class, ethnic and non-elite forms of creativity, and a variety of creative spaces, including rural areas, suburbs and abandoned areas of the city. The authors argue for a broader and more inclusive conception of what constitutes creative practice, advocating for an approach that foregrounds economies of generosity, conviviality and activism. The book also explores the complexities and nuances that connect the local and the global and finally, the book provides a space for valuing alternative, marginal and displaced knowledges. Spaces of Vernacular Creativity provides an important contribution to the debates on the creative class and on the role of value of creative knowledge and skills. The book aims to contribute to contemporary academic debates regarding the development of post-industrial economies and the cognitive cultural economy. It will appeal to a wide range of disciplines including, geography, applied art, planning, cultural studies, sociology and urban studies, plus specialised programmes on creativity and cultural industries at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels.

Rethinking Law As Process

Author: James MacLean
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415575400
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Rethinking Law As Process from the Author: James MacLean. Rethinking Law as Process draws on insights from 'process philosophy' in order to rethink the nature of legal decision-making. While there have been significant developments in the application of âe~processâe(tm) thought across a number of disciplines, little notice has been taken of Whiteheadian metaphysics in law. Nevertheless, process thought offers significant opportunities for serious inquiry into the nature of legal reasoning and the practical application of law. Focusing on the practices of organising, rather than their effects, an increased processual awareness re-orients understanding away from the mechanistic and rationalist assumptions of Newtonian thought, and towards the interminable ontological quest to arrest or to classify the essentially undivided flow of human experience. Drawing together insights from a number of different fields, James Maclean argues that it is because our inherited conceptual framework is tied to a âe~staticâe(tm) way of thinking that every attempt to offer justifying reasons for legal decisions appears at best to register only at the level of explanation. Rethinking Law as Process resolves this problem, and so provides a more adequate description of the nature of law and legal decision-making, by repositioning law within a thoroughly processual world-view, in which there is only the continuous effort to refine and to redefine the continuous flux of legal understanding.

Educating For An Ecologically Sustainable Culture

Author: C. A. Bowers
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791424971
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Educating For An Ecologically Sustainable Culture from the Author: C. A. Bowers. Exposes the faulty assumptions that underlie modern education in the areas of moral education, creativity, and intelligence, showing how these assumptions must be changed in order to produce an ecologically sustainable culture.


Author: Rob Pope
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134273525
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Creativity from the Author: Rob Pope. Creativity: Theory, History, Practice offers important new perspectives on creativity in the light of contemporary critical theory and cultural history. Innovative in approach as well as argument, the book crosses disciplinary boundaries and builds new bridges between the critical and the creative. It is organised in four parts: Why creativity now? offers much-needed alternatives to both the Romantic stereotype of the creator as individual genius and the tendency of the modern creative industries to treat everything as a commodity defining creativity, creating definitions traces the changing meaning of 'create' from religious ideas of divine creation from nothing to advertising notions of concept creation. It also examines the complex history and extraordinary versatility of terms such as imagination, invention, inspiration and originality dreation as myth, story, metaphor begins with modern re-tellings of early African, American and Australian creation myths and – picking up Biblical and evolutionary accounts along the way – works round to scientific visions of the Big Bang, bubble universes and cosmic soup creative practices, cultural processes is a critical anthology of materials, chosen to promote fresh thinking about everything from changing constructions of 'literature' and 'design' to artificial intelligence and genetic engineering. Rob Pope takes significant steps forward in the process of rethinking a vexed yet vital concept, all the while encouraging and equipping readers to continue the process in their own creative or 're-creative' ways. Creativity: Theory, History, Practice is invaluable for anyone with a live interest in exploring what creativity has been, is currently, and yet may be.

Rethinking Social Transformation

Author: Ananta Kumar Giri
ISBN: 9788170336983
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Rethinking Social Transformation from the Author: Ananta Kumar Giri. Contributed papers presented at a Workshop on Social Criticism, Cultural Creativity and the Contemporary Dialectics of Transformations held at Madras Institute of Development Studies in 1996 as part of its silver jubilee.