Exploring and Using Nature's Raw Material to Craft Simple, Functional, and Attractive Objects
Author: Amy Dean
Pubpsher: Rowman & Littlefield
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Creativity is essentially nothing more than awareness: the ability to take notice, to pay attention, to perceive, to examine, to probe, to weigh, to study, to look, and to heed. A big part of creativity is discovery, and the natural world is one big treasure hunt, full of potential, possibility, and priceless possessions. Natural Creativity will interest craftspeople and artists of all ages, and van be used to promote family projects. It teaches how to rediscover awareness, appreciation, and reverence for every little thing in life. It shows us ways to exercise natural creativity, using nature's raw materials to make natural crafts, thereby integrating personal creativity and ingenuity with nature. In addition, the book raises awareness about America's early settlers with tales and information that heighten the appreciation of traditional American crafts. In addition, you can use Natural Creativity to guide you on a stimulating journey of creative exploration. Find our more about your natural surroundings as well as your own innate creativity by trying some of the simple and easy-to-follow exercises that are described at the end of each chapter. For more of a challenge, try out the more complicated projects that are scattered throughout the book. These activities make wonderful projects for the whole family to share.
Originally published in 1988, this book provides sixteen chapters by acknowledged experts on the richness and diversity of psychological approaches to the study of creativity. Addressing various aspects and levels of analysis, together they constitute a broad survey of the understanding of what it is to be 'creative'. In the first part of The Nature of Creativity, the role of the environment is discussed. In the second part, the role of the individual is viewed - first from a psychometric perspective; and then from a cognitive or information-processing perspective. In the third part, the role of interaction between individual and environment is examined, first through studies of creative lives; and then through studies of creative systems. The final part consists of an integration and comparison of these various approaches to creativity. A broad audience of psychologists, educators, students and general readers will welcome this lively and thought-provoking investigation.
Release on 2017-03-31 | by Gerard J. Puccio,John F. Cabra,Nathan Schwagler
A Practical Guide for Innovators & Entrepreneurs
Author: Gerard J. Puccio,John F. Cabra,Nathan Schwagler
Pubpsher: SAGE Publications
Category: Business & Economics
Reignite your creative-thinking skills to produce innovative solutions Organizational Creativity: A Practical Guide for Innovators and Entrepreneurs by Gerard J. Puccio, John F. Cabra, and Nathan Schwagler, is a compelling new text designed to transform the reader into a creative thinker and leader. Arguing that creativity is an essential skill that must be developed, the authors take a highly practical approach, providing strategies, tools, and cases to help readers hone their creative abilities. Whether students are preparing to become entrepreneurs or to work in an established firm, this text will help them survive and thrive in an era of innovation and change.
Do you want to create exciting outdoor experiences for children? Are you looking for guidance on how to incorporate the wilder and riskier elements of outdoor play into your planning? This book will give you the confidence to offer the children in your setting adventurous and challenging outdoor activities, as well as ways to utilise natural resources to their best advantage. There is clear, practical advice on what you need to do, which is underpinned by the theory that supports the benefits of this approach. Examples from settings are included, to illustrate best practice and to show how things can be achieved. Issues considered include: - being outside in 'bad' weather - the importance of risk-taking - the benefits of rough and tumble play - observing and assessing children in this mode - how these experiences improve children's learning - explaining activities to parents, colleagues and managers - ensuring health and safety requirements are met - the role of the adult in facilitating these experiences. Suitable for all students and practitioners working with young children from Birth to 8 , this book will not only give you ideas for outdoor play but also help you understand exactly what you are doing, why it is educationally sound and developmentally important for children, and where it connects with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in England, the Foundation Phase (FP) in Wales and the Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland. Sara Knight is an experienced early years educator and Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University. She is a trained Forest School practitioner and author of Forest Schools and Outdoor Learning in the Early Years.
Release on 2006-05-29 | by James C. Kaufman,John Baer
Author: James C. Kaufman,John Baer
Pubpsher: Cambridge University Press
To what extent do creativity and imagination decline in childhood? What factors might influence a decline? Theories of cognitive development show only uni-directional progress (although theorists may disagree whether such progress occurs steadily in small continuous improvements or comes in stages separated by plateaus during which developmental gains are consolidated). Declines in levels of skill are quite uncommon, yet many have observed just such an unusual pattern with regard to the development of creativity and of the imagination. Is there something about the development of one kind of thinking that undermines imaginative and creative thinking? Is it perhaps the process of schooling itself, with its focus on the acquisition of knowledge and the production of correct (rather than imaginative) answers, which promotes this decline? This book explores these questions from a variety of perspectives. Essays from psychologists and educators from diverse backgrounds discuss the relationships among creativity, reason, and knowledge.
Many companies and organizations have found it difficult to develop creative skills. The authors argue that while individuals have inherent creativity there are a number of assassins or barriers that block individual creative development. This bold new approach to creativity enhancement will focus upon how to remove this block of barriers and create conditions under which creativity can flourish.