The 'problem' with creativity in higher education is that it is not chronic, in the sense that the vast majority of teachers believe there is an issue to be addressed. The problem is not that creativity is absent but that it is omnipresent. That it is taken for granted and subsumed within analytic ways of thinking that dominate the academic intellectual territory. The problem is more a sense of dissatisfaction with a higher education world that seems, at best, to take creativity for granted, rather than a world that celebrates the contribution that creativity makes to personal achievement and wellbeing. For these reasons the problem is best viewed as an opportunity to do more to encourage and support learners' creative development and improve on the current situation.
Developing Creativity in Higher Education:
An imaginative curriculum
Our ability to imagine and then invent new worlds for ourselves is one of our greatest assests and the origin of all human achievement, yet the importance of creativity in learning and achievement is largely unrecognised in a higher- education world that places more value on critical and rational thinking. It is the vision of higher-education world in which the creativity of learners is valued equally alongside more traditional forms of academic achievement, that provides the driving force for this book.
Developing Creativity in Higher Education grew out of the Imaginative Curriculum Network collaborative learning project facilitated by Norman Jackson, the principal author. It is the first book to systematically address the issue of creativity in higher education. It features an analysis of the problem of creativity in higher education and rich perspectives on the meanings of creativity in different teaching and disciplinary contexts. It provides illustrative examples of teaching and assessment strategies to encourage teachers to examine their own understandings of creativity in order to help students to develop their own creativity. And it offers practical advice on how to foster creativity at an individual, subject and institutional level.
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Creativity in Development
A higher education perspective
The most important educational challenge facing all universities, is fundamentally a developmental challenge focused on the question of how we prepare learners for the challenges they will face in their future lives. This contribution of this book towards understanding this challenge is to examine the role of creativity in developmental processes. This is a matter of concern to everyone involved in the ongoing development of themselves and the development of educational practices, policies, resources and infrastructures that impact on students' learning, it's assessment and their curricular experiences. The multiple perspectives offered on creativity in development were gained through a mix of surveys and interview-based studies. The insights gained facilitate the construction of a more comprehensive picture of this phenomenon across the field of higher education practice .
CHAPTER 1 The Developmental Challenge
CHAPTER 2 Educational Developer Perspectives on the Meanings of Creativity
CHAPTER 3 Educational Developer Perspectives on Creativity
Jenny Willis & Norman Jackson
CHAPTER 4 Creative Innovators : Who are they?
Sarah Campbell & Norman Jackson
Enabling Creativity to Flourish in Universities
An Ecology for Learning and Development
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