Creativity : Theory, History and Practice. by Rob Pope

By Rob Pope

Looking all through to bridge the space among the artistic and the serious, and to span disciplinary limitations, this ebook bargains an important intervention within the conception of creativity and the perform of feedback.
Book disguise; name; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgements; ... sooner than the start; half 1 Why creativity now?; half 2 De.ning creativity, developing de.nitions; half three production as fable, tale, metaphor; half four artistic practices, cultural techniques: A severe anthology; after the top . . .; extra examining by means of subject; Bibliography; Index.

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Employing paired oppositions very different to those I offer above, he claims that ‘A liturgy of opposites has developed in the theory of education: creativity versus routine, spontaneity versus rules, imagination versus rote-learning, innovation versus conformity’. He goes on to insist that ‘in the face of all the evidence to the contrary, educationists go on telling us that children learn not by conforming to some external standard, but by “releasing their inner potential” and “expressing themselves”’.

128–52). The project and thesis are framed in direct opposition to an archaic vision of creativity based upon a few privileged individuals (p. 1): In general the arts establishment connives to keep alive the myth of the special, creative, individual artist holding out against passive mass consumerism, so helping to maintain a self-interested view of elite creativity. Against this we insist that there is a vibrant symbolic life and symbolic creativity in everyday life, everyday activity and expression – even if it is sometimes looked down upon and spurned.

The military aspect of this struggle, with its race to develop new weapons and new strategies, has called for a stepped-up rate of invention. Having reached a state of stalemate with respect to military preparedness, we encounter challenges on all intellectual fronts, scientific and cultural as well as economic and political. There is clearly more than a whiff of cold-war politics and expansionist capitalism in such statements, along with a more general airing of the appeals and perils of ‘progress’.

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