What counts as creativity in education? An inquiry into the intersections of public, political, and policy discourses

Perry, M. and Collier, D. R. (2018) What counts as creativity in education? An inquiry into the intersections of public, political, and policy discourses. Canadian Journal of Education, 41(1), pp. 24-43.

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In this essay, the authors examine the varied public, everyday, and academic discourses of creativity that combine to influence our current educational goals and policies, particularly in North America and Europe. From Sir Ken Robinson’s (2006) cutting remark that “Schools kill creativity!” to the Action Canada Foundation’s (2013) assessment that creativity is one of the seven core learning competencies required in the 21st century, this article portrays the compelling push and pull of creativity in education today. The authors found themselves in search of this seemingly crucial, yet increasingly undersupported aspect of their work in teacher education and research. Coming from literacy and arts education, the authors were called to question what they had always taken for granted. This article contextualizes creativity amid everyday, public, and academic discourses. Through engaging in this inquiry, the extent to which creativity is the recipe for success, as it is so often deemed to be, is assessed and a conceptual framework for creativity in action is proposed.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Perry, Professor Mia
Authors: Perry, M., and Collier, D. R.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
Journal Name:Canadian Journal of Education
Publisher:Canadian Society for the Study of Education
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Canadian Society for the Study of Education/ Société canadienne pour l’étude de l’éducation
First Published:First published in Canadian Journal of Education 41(1):24-43
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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