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ERIC Number: EJ1041775
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1094-9046
Converging Paths: Creativity Research and Educational Practice
Hanson, Michael Hanchett
Knowledge Quest, v42 n5 p8-13 May-Jun 2014
Education has long been a central issue for creativity research, and the integration of creativity and education has remained a goal and controversy. In spite of over sixty years of trying to bring creativity into education, education is often criticized for not teaching creative thinking, while also criticized from other quarters for not meeting traditional standards. Much of the debate concerning creativity in education has focused on divergent thinking where brainstorming may help students develop divergent thinking, but may or may not be important for creativity. Another criticism is that creativity is disruptive, leads to complex outcomes, and can serve problematic, ideological functions. Creativity then calls for greater educational focus on how change happens, as well as awareness of the roles involved. So, educators' promotion of creativity is to prepare students to participate in change--for the students' success and for the good of society. Preparing people to participate in and contribute to their world is not a new role of education. It is the traditional core mission of education. In the end, then, the invaluable contribution of education to creative work continues to be good education, an objective amply difficult to achieve at any time, and one that requires attention to creativity in today's rapidly changing world.
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Language: English
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