Tracking creativity and creative learning: traversing a troubled terrain

McCaffrey, Janine (2008) Tracking creativity and creative learning: traversing a troubled terrain. In: Troubling terrains: tactics for traversing and transforming contemporary educational research. Post Pressed, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 17-27. ISBN 9781921214318


Since the mid 1990s, there has been growing recognition by policy-makers and commentators that learner creativity is an extremely important aim for education. There is evidence in higher education that universities are inclined to appropriate the term 'creative' because it has social cachet and on university websites creativity usually appears in tandem with 'innovation'. This suggests that universities are following a business perspective, with
creativity helping to lure buyers and sellers to the marketplace. In the context of schooling, while lip-service is paid to the idea of creativity and creative learning by politicians, critical learning and thinking seem to predominate in school syllabi. This research set out to challenge the rhetoric and I contend that transformation in students' learning occurs when teachers understand what is required to teach creatively so that they can foster creativity and creative learning in their classrooms. Because of the contested nature of the creativity field, this is a troubled terrain and one that is worthy of investigation.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author retains copyright.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2009 05:07
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2016 03:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: creativity; creative learning; higher education
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520102 Educational psychology
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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