This book brings together leading representatives of activity-theoretically-oriented and socioculturally-oriented research around the world, to discuss creativity as a collective endeavour strongly related to learning to face the societal challenges of our world. As history shows, major accomplishments in arts and technological innovations have allowed us to see the world differently and to identify new learning perspectives for the future which were seldom limited to individual action or isolated activities. This book, while primarily focused on educational insitutions, extends its examination of creativity and learning to include other settings (such as government agencies) beyond the limits of schooling.
Table of Contents
Activity-Theoretical and Sociocultural Approaches to Learning and Collective Creativity: An Introduction Annalisa Sannino and Viv Ellis Part 1. Creative Collective Endeavors as Pathbreakers of New Learning 1. Musical Creativity And Learning Across The Individual And The Collective Karin Johansson 2. Critical Transitions in the Pursuit of a Professional Object: Simone de Beauvoir’s Expansive Journey to Become a Writer Annalisa Sannino 3. Beyond Traditional School Learning: Fostering Agency and Collective Creativity in Hybrid Educational Activities Katsuhiro Yamazumi 4. Interagency, Collective Creativity, and Academic Knowledge Practices Kai Hakkarainen, Kaisa Hytönen, Juho Makkonen, Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, and Hal White Part 2. Creative Production and Innovation as Collective Activities Crossing Epistemic Boundaries 5. Resourceful Leadership: Revealing the Creativity of Organizational Leaders Anne Edwards and Marc Thompson 6. Knowledge Sharing in Professions: Working Creatively with Standards in Local Settings Sten Ludvigsen and Monika Nerland 7. Researching Technologies for Enhancing Collective Creativity in Interagency Working Harry Daniels and Peter Johnson 8. Creative Encounters, Collaborative Agency and the Extraordinary Act of the Meeting of a Need and an Object Reijo Miettinen Part 3. Interventions Mobilizing Creative Efforts in Collective Problem Solving and Development of Activities 9.Creative Tools for Collective Creativity: The Serious Play Method Using Lego Bricks Klaus-Peter Schulz and Silke Geithner 10. Learning, Social Creativity, and Cultures of Participation Gerhard Fischer 11. Professional Creativity: Towards a Collaborative Community of Teaching Viv Ellis 12. Collective Concept Formation as Creation at Work Yrjö Engeström
Annalisa Sannino is Academy Research Fellow at the Centre for Research on Activity, Development and Learning in the Institute of Behavioural Sciences at University of Helsinki.
Viv Ellis is Professor and Head of Education at Brunel University in London, UK, and was until recently Co-convenor of the Oxford Centre for Sociocultural and Activity Theory Research.