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An Education Track for Creativity and Other Quality Thinking Processes

Berenice Bleedorn

The need for new thinking in the world, both official leadership and for all participating members of society has been a glaring reality in recent times. To Berenice Bleedorn, the idea of teaching students how to use the full potential of their thinking apparatus is not absurd_simply logical and timely. Creative expression is central to the development of a sense of personal identity and it is significant that creative thinking and expression are valued by the powers that be. Each of the 12 chapters discuss creative and other higher order thinking processes as suggested by the products dimension of the Guilford Model of the Structure of Intellect. Included are references to systemic thinking, global dimensionalities, futuristic or visionary thinking, and the need for leadership with capacities to engage in thinking at those higher levels of complexity. An effort is made throughout the articles to heighten awareness of Creative Studies as a substantive area of study with serious relevance to intellectual and personal development across disciplines. This book is helpful for higher education faculty and administrators and consultants and seminar facilitators in creativity and innovation for business, as well as a broad range of organizations and public service centers. « less more »
R&L Education
Pages: 136Size: 7 x 9 1/4
978-0-8108-4550-3 • Hardback • January 2003 • $64.00 • (£42.95)
978-0-8108-4551-0 • Paperback • December 2002 • $35.00 • (£23.95)
Berenice Bleedorn is a semi-retired educator and consultant for Creative Development Initiatives. She has initiated and taught courses in Creative Studies and Future Studies for more than 30 years in university education and business departments.
Chapter 1 Foreword
Chapter 2 Preface
Chapter 3 Acknowledgments
Chapter 4 Chapter 1 Education for a Just Society: Freedom to Think
Chapter 5 Chapter 2 What Shall We Teach and How Shall We Teach It?
Chapter 6 Chapter 3 The Environmental Brain: System for Thinking and Learning
Chapter 7 Chapter 4 Notions Regarding Ideas and Intellectual Leadership
Chapter 8 Chapter 5 Creativity as a Catalyst for Integrative Thinking and Learning
Chapter 9 Chapter 6 The Integration if Creative and Critical Thinking
Chapter 10 Chapter 7 Humor and the Creative Intellect
Chapter 11 Chapter 8 In and Out of the Creativity Box
Chapter 12 Chapter 9 Beyond the Creativity Frontier: More Quality Thinking
Chapter 13 Chapter 10 The Creative Business of Educational Entrepreneurship
Chapter 14 Chapter 11 Creative Leadership for Global Futures: Notes for Educators
Chapter 15 Chapter 12 You There—What Do You Think?
Chapter 16 Epilogue
Chapter 17 Reference List
Chapter 18 Index
Chapter 19 About the Author
Dr. Berenice Bleedorn, educational entrepreneur extraordinaire, has once again focused her insights on the human brain/mind as one of the most powerful resources available for managing a society in transition. Her examination of the relationships between the institution of education and the real world of business and our global community is layered with the wisdom, uncommon forcefulness, knowing and urgency that we have come to expect in her work. She has thrown down the gauntlet for the very survival of our planetary home and challenged us in compelling ways to seize the preordained role of education and begin the work of major service in the evolution of human intellect and consciousness that provides for the freedom to think at the highest possible levels.
Lynne Krause, American Creativity Association, Executive Director

Dr. Bleedorn begins this book with an impressive account of her evolution from a housewife and undergraduate student in my class at the University of Minnesota to her career in gifted and talented education, university professorship, and educational entrepreneurship. The broad range of her experiences in providing consultation to educational and business organizations make her book enlightening.
Dr. Paul E. Torrance, University of Georgia Alumni Foundation, Distinguished Professor Emeritus

An important book for educators, this volume covers creative problem solving, conflict resolution, and global and futuristic thinking.
The Futurist

With educational reform on everybody's mind, from president to students, Dr. Bleedorn has written, in layman terms, a review of what is needed and how true educational reform can happen in this decade. A long time advocate for creativity as an academic discipline, she has been able in this book to bridge issues of traditional and creative thinking. She believes strongly that "all higher order processes of thinking must be deliberately taught and must take their place within the traditional curriculum with its emphasis on skills and content.
Frank Maraviglia, president, Creativity Unlimited