“Imagination Dead Imagine” because “You Can Trap Birds With Birdlime, But You Cannot Capture Their Song”

Yota P. Xanthacou
University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece

Maria A. Kaila
Professor in Educational Psychology, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece

Vasilis F. Papavasileiou
Assistant Professor in Environmental Education, Education for Sustainable Development, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
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This book gives a new insight into the concept of creativity and innovation as it offers a new perspective on these concepts. It connects creativity and innovation with education. It connects creativity with sustainability and the education for sustainable development. It describes the complex and multifaceted concept of creativity and the universe of innovation connected with education, sustainability, design, humor, play, toys, tool toys and artifacts.

This book emphasizes that today’s educational model generally supports the development of one kind of analytical thinking, and that creativity in schools, in organizations, and in business has been buried by rules and regulations. Furthermore, it points out that creativity skills can be learned not by sitting passively in lectures, but by learning and applying the creative thinking process by experimenting, exploring, questioning assumptions, using imagination and synthesizing information. It is important for education systems to become more flexible, more adaptive, and more innovative. Creativity is not fostered by extrinsic incentives, but by intrinsic interest.

This book also dissects gently the multiple aspects of the creative process and its stages, from preparation to incubation, and from illumination to verification. It inspires students, teachers, managers, and policymakers, and promotes and ignites in them the flame of innovation and creativity.

Preface

Chapter 1. Totos and the Tallyman

Chapter 2. “A New Book, a New Pen and a New Writing Board”

Chapter 3. Seeking a “New Beauty”: Creativity and Education

Chapter 4. “I am a Thief Jackdaw”

Chapter 5. Incubation and Play: “The Pause That Refreshes”

Chapter 6. Man’s Desire is the Other’s Desire

Chapter 7. Creativity, Design, Innovation: The Artifact

Chapter 8. Lifelong in Kindergarten: Myths, Fairytales, Plays, Toys
and Tool Toys

Chapter 9. Sensitized Local Society: Nanochori (The Dwarf Village)

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Keywords: Creativity, innovation, sustainability, education, educational design

Audience: It is aimed at students, teachers, managers and policy makers. Universities and Libraries, Schools, Organizations and Businesses would be interested in this book.

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