Handbook of Research on Creativity
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Handbook of Research on Creativity

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.
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Chapter 11: Creativity in schools: delusions, realities and challenges

John Steers


The importance of creativity in educational discourse sways in and out of fashion and recent experience in England suggests that this can occur when the subject becomes a political football. The Labour government that was in power from 1997 to 2010 set the education pendulum swinging once again towards creativity. Publication of the1999 report of the National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education (NACCCE) All Our Futures (Robinson 1999) eventually proved to be a milestone. Prime Minister Tony Blair declared, ‘Our aim must be to create a nation where the creative talents of all the people are used to build a true enterprise economy for the twenty-first century – where we compete on brains, not brawn’ (Robinson 1999: 6). The report eventually had real impact and support moved from political rhetoric to some well-funded education projects.

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