What Creativity Isn't: The Presumptions of Instrumental and Individual Justifications for Creativity in Education

British Journal of Educational Studies 53 (2):148 - 167 (2005)
Creativity is a popular but heterogeneous word in educational parlance these days. By looking at a selection of recent discourses that refer to creativity to sustain their positions, the paper suggests that two key themes emerge, both with questionable assumptions. Romantic individualists would return us to a naïve bygone age of authentic self-expression, while politicians and economists would use the term instrumentally by binding it to the future needs of the workforce without questioning substantive issues. Cultural theories of creativity indicate pathways out.
Keywords creativity  education  romantic individualism  instrumentalism
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8527.2005.00288.x
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