Structured Uncertainty: A Dynamic Approach for Inducing and Studying Creative Expression in Educational Contexts
The purpose of this talk is highlight how providing opportunities for students to engage with uncertainty — in an otherwise structured learning environment — can serve as a catalyst for inducing and studying creative expression in educational contexts. Implications for creativity theory, research, and practice will also be discussed.
By: Dr. Ron Beghetto is a Professor of Educational Psychology and Director of Innovation House at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Beghetto serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Creative Behavior and a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts (Div. 10, APA). His research focuses on supporting creative thought and action in educational settings. Prior to joining University of Connecticut, Dr. Beghetto served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Education and Associate Professor of Education Studies at the University of Oregon.
In this talk I will explore a new, sociocultural way of thinking about creativity as a dialogue of perspectives. The notion of perspective, popular within art history and photography, is highly relevant for discussions of creativity given the fact that it designates the particular relationship established between person and his or her situation. The creative process is are often considered, in lay discussions, to involve a ‘change in perspective’. What this means, from a psychological point of view, is that creativity often requires a re-positioning of the person (in physical, social and/or symbolic terms), towards the problem at hand, in order to develop new ways of looking or thinking about it. Oftentimes, this implies moving beyond conventional, usual or dominant perspectives and towards the unconventional, the unique and the marginal. Essentially, what matters most for creativity researchers is how these unique positions and perspectives are reached. I will propose and illustrate here a perspectival model of creativity that considers different kind of dialogues between perspectives, resulting either in their reduction, synthesis or multiplication. My hope is that such a sociocultural framework - grounded in notions of position, perspective, dialogue and reflexivity - can take us beyond individualistic and ‘mentalist’ accounts of creativity and towards a more comprehensive theory that bridges the psychological, the material, the social and the cultural.
By: Vlad Glăveanu, Ph.D.is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling at Webster University in Geneva, Switzerland. He obtained his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and his work focuses on creativity, innovation, imagination, culture, collaboration, craft and materiality. He edited the Palgrave Handbook of Creativity and Culture (2016) and the forthcoming Creativity Reader (Oxford University Press, 2018). Dr. Glăveanu co-edited the Cambridge Handbook of Creativity Across Domains (2017, with James Kaufman and John Baer) and the Oxford Handbook of Imagination and Culture (2017, with Tania Zittoun). He received in 2018 the Berlyne Award from the American Psychological Association (Division 10) for outstanding early career contributions to the field of aesthetics, creativity, and the arts.
A brief overview of some of the topics and discussions we will engage in at the SOU Creativity Conference.