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Creativity: exploring the rhetorics and the realities

Banaji, Shakuntala (2008) Creativity: exploring the rhetorics and the realities. In: Play, creativity and digital cultures. Routledge, New York; London, pp. 147-165. ISBN 978-0-415-96311-4 (hardback) 978-0-203-88869-8 (electronic)

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Additional Information: The history of research into creativity reveals several robust and persistent trends and oppositions. Depending on the tradition to which the researcher belongs, these oppositions are associated with a series of political and philosophical presuppositions about human beings and society that are seldom traced back to their historical roots. Recent trends see creative activity as both a cure for the ills of an increasingly troubled society, and as a charm to unlock the potential and boost the morale of demotivated and excluded sections of children and youth, the populace, the community or the work-force. Research suggests, however, that in quite specific ways creative teaching and learning are neither understood properly, nor given more than superficial significance in the criteria by which students and teachers in many settings are now judged. Via an exploration of a number of contemporary and persistent political and philosophical traditions in the theorising of creativity, this chapter asks: to what extent are any of these claims a reflection of actual events, trends and practices? Whose interests do some of these conceptualisations serve? And are there any ways in which the insights about creativity emerging from different traditions may be made to work on behalf of children and teachers?
Controlled Keywords: Learning through the Lifecourse , Philosophy of education , Informal learning , Pedagogy
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Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2010 12:56
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 10:42
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