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ERIC Number: EJ830902
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 80
ISSN: ISSN-0965-0792
Critical Creativity: Melding, Exploding, Blending
McCormack, Brendan; Titchen, Angie
Educational Action Research, v14 n2 p239-266 Jun 2006
In this article, the authors expose, for critical review and public scrutiny, their challenge to the critical paradigm as an adequate location for the transformational practice development and research approaches that they are developing in healthcare. Whilst they accept the fundamental assumptions of the critical paradigm, in their view it does not recognise the creativity required in their approaches. Neither does it explicitly acknowledge that creativity often requires moral and sacred dimensions as people push out the boundaries of the known within their own practices. In particular, the authors expose these gaps within Fay's eight critical theories for practice. Over the last decade, the authors have addressed these gaps by combining the assumptions of the critical paradigm with their experiences of using creative imagination and expression in their practice development (PD) and action research work. Then through a critical review of their work, they have created a new paradigmatic synthesis to add to the critical paradigm. They call this synthesis "critical creativity". In this article, the authors set out their reflexive journey that has led to the articulation of "critical creativity" as a paradigmatic synthesis for action-oriented development and research. (Contains 3 notes, 3 tables, and 4 figures.)
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Language: English
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