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ERIC Number: EJ903975
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1533-2276
Can Creativity Be Systematized? A Response to Ghassib
VanTassel-Baska, Joyce
Gifted and Talented International, v25 n1 p75-80 Aug 2010
The Ghassib (2010) article is a wonderful thought piece to cause us to stop and think more about the creative enterprise, especially in science. It provides a strong argument for the importance of preparing future scientists well in the historical traditions of the discipline. By so doing, it challenges current societies to consider carefully how science makes progress on current problems and new discoveries. The premise of Ghassib's (2010) article is that science is a unique knowledge industry that produces predictable products, thus representing a system that can be controlled. Yet it is also a system that requires a revolution to enable the constant upgrading needed to continue innovation and creativity in the enterprise so that new needs can be created. He views universities and research institutes as knowledge factories that hire producers (scientists) who work with raw material in specific methods of production. He rightly sees, however, the peculiarity of the products of science--they are not arrived at by formula; rather they are creative and not envisaged a priori. Moreover, they are subject to an evaluation process that determines the value of the product before it is released.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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