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Handbook of Research on Creativity

Handbook of Research on Creativity

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Edited by Kerry Thomas and Janet Chan

In this timely work, creativity is not defined by an ideal, rather it encompasses a range of theories, functions, characteristics, processes, products and practices that are associated with the generation of novel and useful outcomes suited to particular social, cultural and political contexts. Chapters present original research by international scholars from a wide range of disciplines including history, sociology, psychology, philosophy, cultural studies, education, economics and interdisciplinary studies. Their research investigates creativity in diverse fields including art, creative industries, aesthetics, design, new media, music, arts education, science, engineering and technology.

Chapter 15: Issues in conceptions of creativity and creativity assessment in music education

Pamela Burnard and Anne Power

Subjects: business and management, organisation studies, innovation and technology, innovation policy


Descriptions of ‘creativity’ are not unfamiliar to many educators today. At some point in their careers, educators in most countries will have to face the daunting task of assessing the creativity of a student essay, a poem, a composition, an improvisation or some kind of performance. The answers to the questions ‘why assess creativity?’ and ‘how to assess creativity?’ are dependent upon the nature of the assessment practice and the value ascribed to it; furthermore, the needs of the various interested parties will determine the nature of the assessment, its value and the conceptions and definitions that underpin the term ‘creativity’. Of these parties, in educational contexts, the students themselves have the greatest interest. They need to know their strengths and weaknesses and what they must do to improve their creative and practical skills, their technical understanding and the quality of their ideas, and also how to acquire the ability to research and realize their creative intentions.

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