1st Edition

How Dogmatic Beliefs Harm Creativity and Higher-level Thinking

By Don Ambrose, Robert Sternberg Copyright 2012
    238 Pages
    by Routledge

    250 Pages
    by Routledge

    In a world plagued by enormous, complex problems requiring long-range vision and interdisciplinary insights, the need to attend to the influence of dogmatic thinking on the development of high ability and creative intelligence is pressing. This volume introduces the problem of dogmatism broadly, explores the nature and nuances of dogmatic thinking from various disciplinary perspectives, and applies the gleaned insights to what is known about creativity. Bringing together leading thinkers in the fields of creative studies and education, and in other relevant fields (history, sociology, psychology) whose work pertains to the various dimensions of dogmatism and the ethical problems it generates, this panoramic view represents interdisciplinary bridge building with the potential to generate new insights about the education of creative young minds.

    Foreword Howard Gardner  A Note about the Cover Don Ambrose  Part I: Introduction: The Need For Attending To The Influence Of DOGMATISM On Creative Intelligence  Chapter One: Overview of a Collaborative, Interdisciplinary Exploration Don Ambrose & Robert J. Sternberg Chapter Two: Finding Dogmatic Insularity in the Territory of Various Academic Disciplines Don Ambrose  PART II: Interdisciplinary Perspectives On The Problem Of Dogmatism  Chapter Three: Next Time Victory Andrew Bacevich  Chapter Four: Dogmatism and Genocide Daniel Chirot  Chapter Five: Dogmatism, Creativity, and Critical Thought: The Reality of Human Minds and the Possibility of Critical Societies Linda Elder & Richard Paul  Chapter Six: Dogmatism and Authoritarianism Bob Altemeyer  Chapter Seven: An Interdisciplinary Flight Over Dogmatic Socioeconomic, Political, Ideological, and Cultural Terrain Don Ambrose  PART III: Dogmatism In Socioeconomic, Cultural, andIdeological Contexts That Influence Education  Chapter Eight: Narrowing Curriculum, Assessments, and Conceptions of What It Means to Be Smart in the US Schools: Creaticide by Design David Berliner  Chapter Nine: Dark Times: Bush, Obama, and the Specter of Authoritarianism in American Politics Henry Giroux  Chapter Ten: The Challenge Facing Educational Reformers: Making the Transition from Individual to Ecological Intelligence in an Era of Climate Change C. A. Bowers  Part IV: Dogmatism And Its Implications For Creative Intelligence  Chapter Eleven: One Creator’s Meat is another Creator’s Poison: Field and Domain Restrictions on Individual Creativity Dean Keith Simonton  Chapter Twelve: Parsimonious Creativity and Dogma Mark Runco  Chapter Thirteen: Why Creativity Should Matter, Why It Doesn’t, and What We Can Do About It James Kaufman, Candice Davis & Ronald A. Beghetto  Chapter Fourteen: Unintentional Dogmatism When Thinking Big: How Grand Theories and Interdisciplinary Thinking Can Sometimes Limit Our Vision John Baer  Chapter Fifteen: Five Gifted Ways to Lose Your Creative Intelligence Cheryl L. Walker & Bruce M. Shore  Chapter Sixteen: From Dogmatic Mastery to Creative Productivity Susan J. Paik  Chapter Seventeen: Constructive Creativity for Growth Ai-Girl Tan  Part V: Conclusion  Chapter Eighteen: What is the Purpose of Schooling? How Dogmatism Provides a Litmus Robert J. Sternberg  About The Contributors


    Don Ambrose is professor of graduate education at Rider University, editor of the Roeper Review, and past chair of the Conceptual Foundations Division of the National Association for Gifted Children.

    Robert J. Sternberg is President and Professor of Psychology and Education of the University of Wyoming, and Honorary Professor of Psychology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He is a former president of the American Psychological Association and the Eastern Psychological Association.