Creativity, the arts and the renewal of culture

Authored by: Peter Abbs

The Routledge International Handbook of Creative Learning

Print publication date:  July  2011
Online publication date:  July  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415548892
eBook ISBN: 9780203817568
Adobe ISBN: 9781136730047


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One of the terms essential to any understanding of education must be creativity. The word has come to denote a disposition of mind which is experimental, open, engaged, a particular kind of teaching and learning where the results cannot be comprehended in advance of the process, whether it be in mathematics, the sciences, the humanities or the arts. The word is indispensable in the vocabulary of all true education and, particularly, of aesthetic education. Isn’t the educated mind the creative mind? I would want to answer in the affirmative, yet in the teaching of the arts there is a problem.

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