Tracking creativity and creative learning: traversing a troubled terrain

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McCaffrey, Janine. 2008. "Tracking creativity and creative learning: traversing a troubled terrain." Henderson, Robyn and Danaher, Patrick Alan (ed.) Troubling terrains: tactics for traversing and transforming contemporary educational research. Brisbane, Australia. Post Pressed. pp. 17-27
Chapter Title

Tracking creativity and creative learning: traversing a troubled terrain

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2978
Book TitleTroubling terrains: tactics for traversing and transforming contemporary educational research
Authors
AuthorMcCaffrey, Janine
EditorsHenderson, Robyn and Danaher, Patrick Alan
Page Range17-27
Chapter Number2
Number of Pages11
Year2008
PublisherPost Pressed
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
ISBN9781921214318
Web Address (URL)http://www.postpressed.com.au
Abstract

Since the mid 1990s, there has been growing recognition by policy-makers and commentators that learner creativity is an extremely important aim for education. There is evidence in higher education that universities are inclined to appropriate the term 'creative' because it has social cachet and on university websites creativity usually appears in tandem with 'innovation'. This suggests that universities are following a business perspective, with
creativity helping to lure buyers and sellers to the marketplace. In the context of schooling, while lip-service is paid to the idea of creativity and creative learning by politicians, critical learning and thinking seem to predominate in school syllabi. This research set out to challenge the rhetoric and I contend that transformation in students' learning occurs when teachers understand what is required to teach creatively so that they can foster creativity and creative learning in their classrooms. Because of the contested nature of the creativity field, this is a troubled terrain and one that is worthy of investigation.

Keywordscreativity; creative learning; higher education
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520102. Educational psychology
390303. Higher education
390102. Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
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