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

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An international panel of distinguished experts explores the balance between creativity and wise action, and calls for educators to nurture "wise creativity" in their students.

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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 (Routledge Falmer, 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

Acknowledgments     vii
About the Editors     ix
About the Contributors     xi
Nurturing Creativity, Wisdom, and Trusteeship in Education: A Collective Debate   Anna Craft   Howard Gardner   Guy Claxton     1
Stimulus Chapters on Creativity, Wisdom, and Trusteeship     15
Tensions in Creativity and Education: Enter Wisdom and Trusteeship?   Anna Craft     16
Wisdom: Advanced Creativity?   Guy Claxton     35
Creativity, Wisdom, and Trusteeship   Howard Gardner     49
Response Chapters on Creativity, Wisdom, and Trusteeship     67
Creative Wisdom: Similarities, Contrasts, Integration, and Application   Dean Keith Simonton     68
Creativity and Wisdom: Are They Incompatible?   David Henry Feldman     77
How Are We Disposed to Be Creative?   Jonathan Rowson     84
Good Thinking: The Creative and Competent Mind   Helen Haste     96
Creativity, Wisdom, and Trusteeship: Niches of Cultural Production   Patrick Dillon     105
Wise Creativity and Creative Wisdom   Hans Henrik Knoop     119
Creativity and Wisdom   Christopher Bannerman     133
Leadership as a Basisfor the Education of Our Children   Robert J. Sternberg     143
Liberating the Wise Educator: Cultivating Professional Judgment in Educational Practice   Dave Trotman     158
Synthesizing Creativity, Wisdom, and Trusteeship     167
Concluding Thoughts: Good Thinking-Education for Wise Creativity   Guy Claxton   Anna Craft   Howard Gardner     168
Index     177
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