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Overview

In this highly readable yet comprehensive book, parents and teachers will find many suggestions for enhancing a child’s creativity. Understanding Creativity offers advice on how to plan adventures, value work without “evaluation”, set a creative tone, and incorporate creativity values into one’s own family or classroom culture. Readers will learn how to spot talent through a child’s behaviors and how to encourage practice. Real-life examples of artists, musicians, dancers, entrepreneurs, architects, and authors are included.

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.

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I can't imagine a more complete publication anywhere about creativity!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780910707596
  • Publisher: Great Potential Press Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 548
  • Sales rank: 335,104
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.05 (d)

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Chapter 1

While creativity is the natural propensity of human being-ness, creativity can be enhanced and also stifled. The creative personality can be developed and also thwarted.

Creativity takes certain habits of mind. Creativity is not separate from intelligence or from artistry, but part of the whole. What is unnatural and sad is for it to be repressed, suppressed, and stymied through the process of growing up and being educated. What happens to most of us is that somewhere along the way, and often necessarily, we begin to distrust our creative self. Survival dictates that we subordinate our creative poetic self to a more practical, prosaic self. We go along and forget who we are or who we were. Oftentimes the creative poetic self is recaptured in a creativity class, or in therapy, or at a retreat, or in alone time in a cabin in the woods. The creative poetic self is close to our spiritual, personal self, and when we express our creativity, we express our personal side. This is often dangerous and leaves us vulnerable, and so we snap back to the practical and the prosaic out of defense...

Further, creativity is the underpinning, the basement, the foundation that permits talent to be realized. To be creative is necessary in the realization of a fulfilling life, but with all due respect to Mensa, having scored high on an intelligence test is not necessary. We are all creative. Those who are more creative than others have learned to take risks, to value complexity, to see the world, or their own surroundings with naiveté. They have learned to be creative, or their creativity has not been pushed down, stifled, and diminished by sarcasm and abuse. The restof this book discusses motivation for creativity, how creativity can be enhanced, how people in certain domains are creative, how creativity has been assessed, and how creativity can be taught.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Part I. Definitions and Processes of Creativity
Chapter 1. Making Sense of Creativity
Chapter 2. The Creative Process
Part II. How to Enhance Creativity
Chapter 3. Encouraging Creativity: Motivation and Schooling
Chapter 4. How Parents and Teachers Can Enhance Creativity in Children
Part III. Personality and Intellectual Characteristics of Creative People in Various Domains
Chapter 5. The Piirto Pyramid of Talent Development Model
Chapter 6. Visual Artists and Architects
Chapter 7. Creative Writers
Chapter 8. Creative Writers: Children with Extraordinary Writing Talent
Chapter 9. Creative Scientists, Mathematicians, Inventors, and Entrepreneurs
Chapter 10. Musicians, Conductors, and Composers
Chapter 11. Physical Performers: Actors, Dancers, and Athletes
Part IV: Creativity Assessment and Training
Chapter 12. Creativity Assessment
Chapter 13. Creativity Training
Appendix A. Creativity Theory
Appendix B. Focus Questions
References
Index
About the Author
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2005

    enhancing your own creativity

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2004

    How parents and teachers can enhance creativity

    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.

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