Monash University Publishing | Contacts Page
Monash University Publishing: Advancing knowledge

Creativity Crisis

AT A GLANCE

University education is structurally uncreative and this book suggests how to change it. Contemporary syllabus design has a negative effect on imagination, because the centrepiece of pedagogy—constructive alignment—promotes mechanistic study practices. Even our strategies for student engagement lead to uncreative outcomes. The book unfolds the sympathetic preconditions of imaginative learning: they belong to the subjective dynamics of student- teacher relations and, above all, to the intimacy of the student’s autonomous power of projecting images onto material that is initially foreign. Steeped in the history of ideas, the book explores the language that encourages creativity and helps teachers cultivate imaginative enthusiasm; it radically revises the concept of student-centredness and deconstructs student leadership. According to constructivism, students construct knowledge for themselves; but the discourse limits students to an epistemological framework, where they anxiously gather manipulative skills toward assessments. Instead, this book argues for an ontological framework, recognizing that learning takes place optimally when students create imaginative views of themselves that promise creative ownership of new material.

Creativity Crisis

   by Robert Nelson