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ERIC Number: EJ792560
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0895-6405
A Vocation of the Imagination: Creating the Creative Campus
McCulloch-Lovell, Ellen
Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, v20 n1 p14-15 Sum 2005
Recognizing the public benefits of higher education and the arts, the American Assembly of Columbia University convened a 2004 conference called "The Creative Campus," from which emerged recommendations about better integrating arts offerings on campus into the curriculum, serving the surrounding community and preparing students for the demands of arts careers. In this article, the author contends that the "creative campus" must be thought of at a more profound level than as a place that supports the arts. Higher education talks about creativity but may not be willing to face how its basic institutional structures and measurements can work against the conditions in which creativity flourishes. The institution that would foster creativity is called upon to do many things: (1) provide access to a broad range of knowledge that contains the seeds of its own expansion; (2) encourage the flow of curiosity across disciplines; and (3) give the creator the discipline and craft to make the barely glimpsed idea visible. Institutions should not be so consumed with measurements, says the author, that they do not allow for the unstructured time necessary for discovery and experimentation, to link previously unrelated elements, recognize emerging patterns and take risks, essential steps in the creative process. Colleges should also pay more attention to qualitative assessment, such as portfolios, poster sessions, presentations and performances. The myth of the lonely creator must yield to the understanding that creativity is a group activity, informed by past ideas, expressions and even failures. To support this process, faculty and administrators must see creativity as a value, teaching students not only how to think, but also how to think about thinking. They must be wise enough to know when to reward creative perception and when to challenge it; when to urge more freedom of thought and when to demand more discipline. They must develop a pedagogy of creativity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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