Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Creative Expression, Creative Education New Book Opens Way for Innovation and Change

Creative Expression, Creative Education: Creativity As A Primary Rationale For Education
Book by Robert Kelly and Carl Leggo opens the way for innovation, creativity and change in education

Robert Kelly, Fine Arts, University of Calgary , and a member of the CCAHTE Journal Advisory Board, will soon be releasing a new book with Carl Leggo, University of British Columbia, “Creative Expression,Creative Education,” which will feature contributions from close to 20 creative thinkers sharing their experiences and bearing witness to acts of creativity in practice.
The Creative Expression, Creative Education book project involves twenty well known creative producers from across Canada who bear witness to their ways of creating. These examples of contemporary creative expression come from a wide range of disciplines. Novelists, poets, playwrights, visual artists, composers, directors and choreographers combine to present their unique perspectives on creativity. This first hand research into creative practice provides a backdrop for a work that is a manifesto for creativity as a primary rationale for education.

The examples of contemporary creative practice are melded with creativity theory to establish a vocabulary and understanding for creative practice in an educational setting.
Robert Kelly is an artist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Calgary. His research encompasses artistic process, creativity theory, design, and curriculum theory.

Carl Leggo ,a contributor to our September 07 issue of CCAHTE Journal, is a poet and Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on the experiences of educators, especially how to promote heartful and hopeful relationships in educational communities.

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"Contemporary educational practice struggles to deal with the juggernaut of the hyper-consumption of information as disciplines become increasingly dense with content. What is the usefulness of accumulating masses of information without equipping learners with a disposition that enables the application of knowledge for the purposes of exploring and creating? Mass consumption is the main engine of the Information age, with fact as its currency. The Conceptual Age is driven by creativity, in which ideas are the primary currency. Idea generation and idea growth and development are the indispensable cores of creativity as ideas are shared and grown into new and wondrous forms."

Robert Kelly, Creative Expression, Creative Education

Beginning September 23rd on Tuesday evenings for 10 weeks - Creativity and Educational Practice, a 500-level credit course through the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary. Register now. info:

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