Creativity, Wisdom, and Trusteeship: Exploring the Role of Education

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Creativity and wisdom as fields of scholarship and as they relate to classroom practice are the focus of this important new volume from Anna Craft, Howard Gardner, Guy Claxton, who are joined by contributors David Henry Feldman, Helen Haste, Dean Keith Simonton, Robert Sternberg, and others. This distinguished group of educators and scholars examine the topic within its social and cultural context; within the context of cognitive psychology and the neurosciences; and within the context of what it means to do work that is both excellent and ethical within the professions, most importantly as educators. This thought-provoking volume is essential reading for all members of the educational community.

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Editorial Reviews

Lynn Erickson
"The contributors' thoughts about the importance of a disciplinary framework as a necessary foundationfor building greater creative and intuitive insight are so true. Their examples of the artist’s performance as being an 'interplay between the intuitive and the conscious' are wonderful. I also appreciated the discussions on the importance of collegial work and empathy."
Jack Miller
"The book is rich in ideas and scholarship.Its diversity of perspectives is also a strength."
Robert Di Giulio
"Especially in today's 'teach-to-the-test' climate, do we ever need a book on the subject of wisdom and creativity!This isa relatively rare and essential title. Our focus as educators (and citizens) would be enriched by such a book."
Ruth Thomas
"The book focuses on very significant issues of our time. It teaches us lessons about ourselves as a society and a culture that we need to heed. The ideas presented are well corroborated by work in widely different fields of scholarship, giving them solid credibility."
Geoffrey Caine
"The book reveals some superb thinking about complex ideas. It offers the valuable tension of differing perspectives, and its contributions successfully and elegantly bridge the chasm between theory and practice."
Marilee Sprenger
"An important topic. A book like this provides fodder for dialogue and articulation that is much needed in higher education."
Tom Bentley
"Rich, varied, and highly stimulating. This book breaks new ground by identifying the opportunities and conflicts in our desire to encourage multiple virtues through education. It will nourish educational practice and encourage fresh public debate."
David Perkins
"Creativity, wisdom, and trusteeship may each sound good enough in itself, but the multiple contributors to this volume make a compelling case for how much they need one another. Wise creativity is one of the aspirations, a quality distinctly at odds with the culture-free and economically aggressive conceptions of creativity that figure in educational and corporate agendas these days."
Tim Smit
“Creativity, that marvelous catch-all phrase with which we are now all imbued, is a concept that is both complex and simple...a vital life force. This book is important because its fundamental proposition is that creativity and being are one and the same. Read it.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412949408
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/11/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna Craft is Professor of Education at the University of Exeter, England, where she leads the CREATE research cluster. She is also Reader at The Open University, England, and Director of The Open Creativity Centre. She is founding Co-Editor Thinking Skills and Creativity (Elsevier) and founding Co-Convenor of the British Educational Research Association Special Interest Group, Creativity in Education. She holds a Visiting appointment at Harvard University and has held visiting appointments at Hong Kong Institute of Education. Her most recent books include Creative Learning 3-11 and how we document it (Trentham Books, 2007), Creativity in Schools: Tensions and Dilemmas (Routledge, 2005), Creativity and Early Years Education (Continuum, 2002), Creativity Across the Primary Curriculum (RoutledgeFalmer, 2000). Her empirical work, informed by constructivist and socio-cultural views of learning, seeks to impact practice, policy and theory.

Howard Gardner is the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is a leading thinker about education and human development; he has studied and written extensively about intelligence, creativity, leadership, and professional ethics. Gardner’s most recent books include Good Work, Changing Minds, The Development and Education of the Mind and Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons. His latest book Five Minds for the Future was published in April 2007.

Guy Claxton is Professor of the Learning Sciences at the University of Bristol Graduate School of Education, where he directs the research initiative on Culture, Learning, Identity and Organisations (CLIO). His books include The Wayward Mind: An Intimate History of the Unconscious (2005), Learning for Life in the 21st Century: Sociocultural Perspectives on the Future of Education (2002, co-edited with Gordon Wells), Wise Up: Learning to Live the Learning Life (1999) and the best-selling Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind: Why Intelligence Increases When You Think Less (1997). His current work focuses on the development of infused approaches to the cultivation of positive lifelong learning dispositions in schools. The resulting 'Building Learning Power' approach has influenced practice in schools throughout the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

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Table of Contents

About the Editors
About the Contributors
1. Nurturing Creativity, Wisdom, and Trusteeship in Education: A Collective Debate - Anna Craft, Howard Gardner, Guy Claxton
Part One: Stimulus Chapters on Creativity, Wisdom, and Trusteeship
2. Tensions in Creativity and Education: Enter Wisdom and Trusteeship? - Anna Craft
3. Wisdom: Advanced Creativity? - Guy Claxton
4. Creativity, Wisdom, and Trusteeship - Howard Gardner
Part Two: Response Chapters on Creativity, Wisdom, and Trusteeship
5. Creative Wisdom: Similarities, Contrasts, Integration, and Application - Dean Keith Simonton
6. Creativity and Wisdom: Are They Incompatible? - David Henry Feldman
7. How Are We Disposed to Be Creative? - Jonathan Rowson
8. Good Thinking: The Creative and Competent Mind - Helen Haste
9. Creativity, Wisdom, and Trusteeship: Niches of Cultural Production - Patrick Dillon
10. Wise Creativity and Creative Wisdom - Hans Henrik Knoop
11. Creativity and Wisdom - Christopher Bannerman
12. Leadership as a Basis for the Education of Our Children - Robert J. Sternberg
13. Liberating the Wise Educator: Cultivating Professional Judgment in Educational Practice - Dave Trotman
Part Three: Synthesizing Creativity, Wisdom, and Trusteeship
14. Concluding Thoughts: Good Thinking — Education for Wise Creativity - Guy Claxton, Anna Craft, Howard Gardner
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