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Creativity in education: Play and exploratory learning
Brooklyn College, USA.
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, School Based Research, Preschool Education Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9547-2892
Stockholm University.
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, School Based Research, Preschool Education Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2960-2673
2015 (English)In: Contemporary approaches to activity theory: Interdisciplinary perspectives on human behavior / [ed] Thomas Hansson, Hershey: IGI Global, 2015, 1, 264-284 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The goal of this chapter is to respond to the scarcity of literature on creativity that is relevant both to CHAT and in the field of education. The authors explore Vygotsky's writings on creativity, imagination, art, and play in relation to three Swedish preschool projects that practice a pedagogy of exploratory learning. Also included are discussions of imagination versus realistic thinking, syncretism in children's creative work, and play as a creative activity. Because this study was a formative intervention, the pedagogy of exploratory learning became significant in the analysis. The bulk of the chapter consists of thick descriptions of the projects and discussion of aspects of creativity as they appear in the projects. The data was collected by teachers and a research team that consisted of the authors of this chapter. Data collection in the three projects took place before the intervention took place, during the initial phases of the intervention, and after the intervention had become an annual theme for the preschools. The research was initially guided solely by a cultural historical understanding of creativity, while the analysis brought CHAT into dialogue with postmodern writings that are related to exploratory learning.

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Hershey: IGI Global, 2015, 1. 264-284 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-25140DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6603-0Local ID: HLKSkolnäraISISBN: 9781466666030 (print)ISBN: 9781466666047 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-25140DiVA: diva2:762430
Available from: 2014-11-11 Created: 2014-11-11 Last updated: 2016-08-11Bibliographically approved

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