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Creativity in Schools: Tensions and Dilemmas


reviewed by Cherrie L. Kassem — January 19, 2006

coverTitle: Creativity in Schools: Tensions and Dilemmas
Author(s): Anna Craft
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415324157 , Pages: 192, Year: 2005
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What is creativity?  What are some possible limitations to promoting creativity in education?  How can we “construct creativity” to respond to the challenges (conceptual and pedagogical) raised in the book?  Anna Craft presents a synthesis of the literature on these broad topics from the perspective of a British academic. The synthesis is organized into three parts.  In Part I, “Context”, Craft introduces the current context for creativity in the United Kingdom (UK) with respect to policy, definitions, curriculum, and practices.  Craft contends that “creativity is enjoying a renaissance of interest globally” (p. 3) as a result of economic, social, political, and technological factors.  Economic factors are seen as central to a reconceptualization of creativity as “the backbone of the economy based on knowledge” (p. 7).  The reconceptualization, which includes the assumption that all people are capable of creativity when afforded the right conditions, background knowledge, and skills, has led to several... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 19, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12295, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 5:34:44 AM

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  • Cherrie Kassem
    Ramapo College of New Jersey
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    CHERRIE L. KASSEM, Ph.D., is an educational psychologist and consultant specializing in learning, cognition, teaching, and affective education. She is an international presenter and published author in the field of critical thinking, with a focus on pedagogy for teaching higher order thinking strategies and skills. Dr. Kassem is an Associate Professor of Education at Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she teaches learning and pedagogy courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
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