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Learning Scenarios for Social and Cultural Change

«Bildung» through Academic Teaching


Edited By Lara Rodríguez Sieweke

The anthology departs from the fundamental idea that the university is deeply connected to the ideal of «Bildung» and to democratic values. If the university should serve as an open space to develop democracy and to meet today’s social, cultural and ecological challenges, then one has to take into account the different disciplines’ approaches to education. Thus, the featured proposals on school and university education come from diverse research fields such as general education, media education, art and aesthetic education, philosophy, ethnology, sociology, performance art and gender.

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Individual Creativity and Its Impact on the Co-Construction of Ideas (Barbara Vollmer / Dietrich Dörner / Sibylle Rahm)


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Barbara Vollmer, Dietrich Dörner and Sibylle Rahm

Individual Creativity and Its Impact on the Co-Construction of Ideas

Abstract: Collective interpretations of life in cultures need to be seen as vibrant frameworks with flowing transmissions between one another (Rahm). Being confronted with innovation, individuals as well as groups need to shape change. In order to do so, they need to release familiar orientations, overcome uncertainty and be creative.   Artists overcome well-known orientations, e.g. by forming hypotheses or adapting perceptions and ideas to each other (“Emotion und Flow-Erleben”). Carefully observing people as they work creatively could show us more explicitly how new ideas emerge.   In our case study, 21 participants deal with randomly generated meaningless sentences and a picture that induces cryptic meaning. Also, they arrange items in an aesthetic way and finish one drawing. The participants are video recorded while they think aloud. The first results showed that their acting regulation varied a lot. In a second part, based on the first one, two individuals who had differed in their ways of dealing with the previous situation are placed in the same room. They are then observed as they co-construct ideas with each other.   The study is an important contribution to the understanding of the tacit processes accompanying innovation and to explaining group creativity more precisely. The results are a first step towards sustaining creative learning in the classroom.

Keywords: creativity, visual perception, tacit knowledge, innovation, inspiration


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