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Creativity in Education: Play and Exploratory Learning

Creativity in Education: Play and Exploratory Learning
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Author(s): Beth Ferholt (Brooklyn College, City University of New York, USA), Monica Nilsson (Jönköping University, Sweden), Anders Jansson (Jönköping University, Sweden & Stockholm University, Sweden) and Karin Alnervik (Jönköping University, Sweden)
Copyright: 2015
Pages: 20
Source title: Gamification: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8200-9.ch008

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Abstract

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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