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About the Author:
Jane Piirto, Ph.D. is Trustee’s Professor of Graduate Education at Ashland University in Ohio. She has written more than one hundred articles, poems, and short stories and has published eight books, including an award-winning novel. Dr. Piirto has been a consultant, speaker, and teacher in Europe, Asia, and South America. She has received two Individual Artist Fellowships and a Fulbright grant.
Posted May 16, 2005
With extensive scholarship, Dr. Piirto relates a fascinating overview of approaches to creativity, from the mystical to the pragmatic, the psychodynamic and psychometric to the cognitive. She notes that psychologist Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi makes a distinction of 'Big C' creativity (eminent people making significant contributions to a domain), and 'little c' creativity 'by which human beings lead their everyday lives.' She cites the work of social psychologist Dean Keith Simonton showing that 'creativity is the work of a life... from birth to grave' and 'a form of leadership... the creator is a persuader.' For anyone wanting to enhance their creative lives and talents, the book provides a wealth of concrete and practical ideas from experts, such as divergent thinking exercises of the Odyssey of the Mind program, and strategies used by Dr. Piirto in her own classes.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 10, 2004
Understanding Creativity is an examination of the psychological impulses that drive the quality in human beings broadly labeled as 'creativity,' which also covers how parents and teachers can enhance creativity, as well as the cognitive aspect of creative writers, scientists, musicians, and physical performers, as well as ways to assess and train creativity. Author Jane Piirto, a teacher of the College of Education and the Director of Talent Development Education in Ashland University, offers a wealth of research, theory, and a guideline around the Seven I's - Inspiration, Imagery, Imagination, Intuition, Insight, Incubation and Improvisation - to form the foundation of a solid creative process. Understanding Creativity needs to be carefully read by anyone charged with the responsibility of recognizing talent in children, setting a creative tone with children, and encouraging children to utilize their creativity in their personal lives.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.