The Pedagogy of Creativity
By Anna Herbert
Routledge – 2010 – 160 pages
The Pedagogy of Creativity represents a groundbreaking study linking the pedagogy of classroom creativity with psychoanalytical theories. Taking a classroom-based example of poststructuralist methodology as its starting point, Anna Herbert’s investigation explores the relationship between creativity seen in psychological activity, such as dreams, and creativity seen in the classroom, asking the following questions:
Exploring the ideas of a number of psychological analysts including Jacques Lacan’s four discourses, concepts of ‘the other’ and the theories of Postructuralist thinkers including Levinas, Mead and Kristeva, Herbert explains how different theories can be used to develop creativity in the classroom and surmount obstacles preventing creative environments.
Clearly presenting both theoretical positions and their bearing on classroom practice, teachers at all levels will benefit from this innovative approach to creativity, as will school psychologists and all professionals interested in the links between psychoanalysis and pedagogy.
Herbert clearly communicates both theoretical positions and their bearing on classroom practice. Teacher at all levels will benefit from this innovative approach to creativity, as will school psychologists and other professionals interested in the links between psychoanalysis and pedagogy.
Introduction 1. Towards a poststructuralist pedagogy 2. The Symbolic order and the unconscious 3. Dreaming and the Subject of Creativity 4. Knowledge, creativity and the four discourses 5. Lecturing out there with the Other 6. Repetition and Metaphor 7. The other/Other, ethics and creativity – (on the other side of) narcissism and aggressiveness 8. Methodology
Anna Herbert works in the Department of Education, Lund University, Sweden.