Creativity and wisdom as fields of scholarship and as they relate to classroom practice are the focus of this important new volume from Anna Craft, Howard Gardner, Guy Claxton, and their coauthors Mihaly Csikzsentmihalyi, William Damon, David Henry Feldman, Helen Haste, David Perkins, Dean Keith Simonton, Robert Sternberg, and others.
This distinguished group of educators and scholars examine the topic within its social and cultural context; within the context of cognitive psychology and the neurosciences; and within the context of what it means to do work that is both excellent and ethical within the professions, most importantly as educators.
This thought-provoking volume will be essential reading for all members of the educational community in the US, the UK, and elsewhere.
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 (RoutledgeFalmer, 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.