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Creativity and Learning in Later Life

An Ethnography of Museum Education, 1st Edition

By Shari Sabeti


184 pages | 19 B/W Illus.

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Creativity and Learning in Later Life examines how processes such as ‘creativity’ and ‘inspiration’ are experienced by writers who engage with the visual arts, and questions how age is perceived in relation to these processes. The author’s careful analysis challenges many of the assumptions on which museum education currently operates, contributing to wider debates surrounding the value of arts and cultural heritage education. 

Containing detailed descriptions of museum tours, viewers’ engagements with specific artworks, and the processes of creative writing and editing that result from such encounters, the book draws on a ground-breaking study to challenge the way in which the value of education and creative activity for older adult learners has been conceptualized in existing literature. It also demonstrates how learners adapt and subvert the intended pedagogies to suit their own needs and accommodate their ageing selves. 

Drawing on a spectrum of disciplines including education, anthropology, art history, sociology, museum studies and the practice and theory of creative writing, this book will be of interest to academics, postgraduate students, and researchers in a range of fields, as well museum practitioners, creative writing teachers and those working in adult and community education settings.

Table of Contents

List of Figures



Creative Reception

1. The Guided Tour

2. The Lone Artwork

Creative Writing

3. Writing Alone

4. Writing Together

Creative Ageing

5. A Caring Role

6. Distance, Proximity and the Ageing Body

Conclusion: Creative Space?


About the Author

Shari Sabeti is Chancellor’s Fellow in the Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Education

This series aims to present the latest research from right across the field of education. It is not confined to any particular area or school of thought and seeks to provide coverage of a broad range of topics, theories and issues from around the world.

Please send inquiries or proposals for this series to one of the following:

Emilie Coin: [email protected] – Editor, UK, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East

Elsbeth Wright: [email protected] – Editor, North & South America

Vilija Stephens: [email protected] – Editor, Australia & New Zealand

Katie Peace: [email protected] – Publisher, Asia


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Museum Studies
EDUCATION / Adult & Continuing Education
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects