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"Creativity and Education: An Awkward Association" Lecture by Maciej Karwowski, The Maria Grzegorzewska University, Poland

The visit of Prof. Karwowski is organised by Giovanni Emanuele Corazza from the Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Information Engineering "Guglielmo Marconi".

Oct 24, 2017 from 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM

Where Sala Rossa, Palazzo Marchesini, via Marsala 26, Bologna (first floor)

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Over the decades, the role of creativity for education has been vigorously discussed worldwide. Too often, these discussions were full of rhetoric and ideology, instead of scholarly merit and arguments.

This lecture attempts to integrate contemporary theories of creativity and findings from empirical studies into a more heuristically sound explanation of chances and challenges creative students face in school. Prof. Karwowski briefly discusses the results of several studies conducted in our lab, among them a meta-analysis showing the relationship between students’ creative thinking and their school achievement. He also demonstrates how teachers’ expectations and implicit theories – especially the (mis)fit of the students’ behavior with the prototypical image of a creative student in teachers’ eyes – translate into teachers’ behavior toward the students; especially teachers’ assessment of students’ creative works. In conclusion, he highlights the regulatory role of teachers’ implicit theories for recognizing and developing students’ creativity in school as well as necessity of thinking about creativity as a multifaceted phenomenon, necessary to analyze from a typological perspective.

Thinking about creativity not only in terms of its different levels (i.e. little versus Big-C or fluid, crystallized, mature, and eminent) should be complemented by typological analysis which helps scholars better understand the differences of school functioning of creative students.