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ERIC Number: EJ903967
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1533-2276
Expanding Views of Creative Science: A Response to Ghassib's Productivist Industrial Model
Ambrose, Don
Gifted and Talented International, v25 n1 p35-39 Aug 2010
It was refreshing to read Hisham Ghassib's (2010) article outlining his model of scientific knowledge production. Too few scholarly writings in creative studies and gifted education deal with issues at the large-scale, panoramic level of analysis. Ghassib (2010) would not disappoint Albert Einstein who lamented that "I have little patience with scientists who take a board of wood, look for its thinnest part, and drill a great number of holes where drilling is easy" (cited in Gardner, 1993, p. 106). Instead of selecting an easily drilled micro-element of creativity, Ghassib (2010) drilled into a very thick, knotty board, the philosophy and history of science itself, looking for creative dimensions within. Of course, given the thickness of this board, Ghassib (2010) cannot possibly address all complexities and nuances of the scientific enterprise in a single article. While he does explore some aspects of the historical evolution of science, cognitive and procedural dimensions of scientific work, and science's role in the economy, his analysis could benefit from treatment of several additional elements, I think there are some other facets of scientific creativity that can augment what he has done and I address some of them here. First, I provide some responses to his model, which include some recommendations for its extension and refinement. These recommendations include a call for more attention to alternative creative processes and paradigms, as well as deeper scrutiny of the sociopolitical and economic contextual influences on scientific processes. In addition, I argue that more interdisciplinary work can enrich both the model and the scientific enterprise somewhat.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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