Creativity and Development by R. Keith SawyerCreativity and Development by R. Keith Sawyer

Creativity and Development

byR. Keith Sawyer, Vera John-Steiner, Seana Moran

Paperback | August 13, 2003

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What is creativity, and where does it come from? Creativity and Development explores the fascinating connections and tensions between creativity research and developmental psychology, two fields that have largely progressed independently of each other-until now. In this book, scholarsinfluential in both fields explore the emergence of new ideas, and the development of the people and situations that bring them to fruition. The uniquely collaborative nature of Oxford's Counterpoints series allows them to engage in a dialogue, addressing the key issues and potential benefits ofexploring the connections between creativity and development. Creativity and Development is based on the observation that both creativity and development are processes that occur in complex systems, in which later stages or changes emerge from the prior state of the system. In the 1970s and 1980s,creativity researchers shifted their focus from personality traits to cognitive and social processes, and the co-authors of this volume are some of the most influential figures in this shift. The central focus on system processes results in three related volume themes: how the outcomes of creativityand development emerge from dynamical processes, the interrelation between individual processes and social processes, and the role of mediating artifacts and domains in developmental and creative processes. The chapters touch on a wide range of important topics, with the authors drawing on theirdecades of research into creativity and development. Readers will learn about the creativity of children's play, the creative aspects of children's thinking, the creative processes of scientists, the role of education and teaching in creative development, and the role of multiple intelligences inboth creativity and development. The final chapter is an important dialogue between the authors, who engage in a roundtable discussion and explore key questions facing contemporary researchers, such as: Does society suppress children's creativity? Are creativity and development specific to anintelligence or a domain? What role do social and cultural contexts play in creativity and development? Creativity and Development presents a powerful argument that both creativity scholars and developmental psychologists will benefit by becoming more familiar with each other's work.
R. Keith Sawyer is at Washington University in St. Louis.
Title:Creativity and DevelopmentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.91 inPublished:August 13, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195149009

ISBN - 13:9780195149005

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Table of Contents

1. R. Keith Sawyer: Emergence in Creativity and Development2. Seana Moran and Vera John-Steiner: Creativity in the Making: Vygotsky's Contemporary Contribution to the Dialectic of Development and Creativity3. Robert J. Sternberg: The Development of Creativity as a Decision-Making Process4. David Henry Feldman, with the collaboration of Howard Gardner: The Creation of Multiple-Intelligences Theory: A Study in High-Level Thinking5. Jeanne Nakamura and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Creativity in Later Life6. Prepared by all authors: Key Issues in Creativity and Development

Editorial Reviews

"Creativity and Development must be considered a welcome addition to the literature on both subjects...this volume is a stimulating collection of essays that explore the connections between creativity and development...The book deserves to be broadly read by researchers in both creativity anddevelopment. Given the reputation of the authors in the former area, I have no doubt that the volume will receive the attention it deserves."--American Journal of Psychology