Introduction to Applied Creative Thinking
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Introduction to Applied Creative Thinking

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 Editors: Hal Blythe, Charlie Sweet & Rusty Carpenter

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Here is a new text that fulfills an emerging need in both higher and public education and stands to break new ground in addressing critical skills required of graduates.

When working on their last book, It Works for Me, Creatively, the authors realized that the future belongs to the right-brained.  While Daniel Pink and other visionaries may have oversimplified a bit, higher education is ripe for the creative campus, while secondary education is desperately seeking a complement to the growing assessment/teach-to-the-test mentality.  You don’t have to study the 2010 IBM survey of prominent American CEOs to know that the number one skill business wants is students who can think creatively.

To meet the demand of new courses, programs, and curricula, the authors have developed a 200-page “textbook” suitable for secondary or higher education courses that are jumping on this bandwagon. Introduction to Applied Creative Thinking, as the title suggests, focuses not on just developing the skills necessary for creative thinking, but on having students apply those skills; after all, true creative thinking demands making something that is both novel and useful.  Such a book may also be used successfully by professional developers in business and education.

For this book, Hal Blythe and Charlie Sweet are joined in authorship by Rusty Carpenter.  He not only directs Eastern Kentucky University’s Noel Studio for Academic Creativity but has co-edited a book on that subject, Higher Education, Emerging Technologies, and Community Partnerships (2011) and the forthcoming Cases on Higher Education Spaces (2012).

Introduction to Applied Creative Thinking is student-friendly. Every chapter is laced with exercises, assignments, summaries, and generative spaces. Order copies now or contact the publisher for further information.




I. Introduction to Applied Creativity

II. What Is Creative Thinking?

III. Rationale:  The Critical Importance of Creative Thinking

IV. Basic Strategies for Creative Thinking

V. The Creative Thinking Environment

VI. Assessing Creativity from Many Angles

VII:  Academizing Creative Thinking: The Creative Campus Movement

VIII. Field-by-Field Introduction to Creative Thinking

IX. Collaboration and Group Dynamics in Creative Thinking

X. Research into Creative Thinking

XI. Creative Thinking and the Digital Media

XII. The Future of Creative Thinking


2012 [ISBN: 1-58107-225-2; 280 pages; 8 x 10 inches; soft cover]