Theoretical perspectives on creativity encompass ideas such as risk, inquiry, resistance to conformity, and attraction to complexity. In response to these philosophical tenets I have organized my dissertation into three distinct but related manuscripts that explore creativity through theoria (knowing), praxis (doing), and poiesis (making). These manuscripts present an integrated approach to creative pedagogy. 1. The first manuscript is a review of literature with the aim to: provide a brief overview of creativity theories; consider an imbricated definition of creativity; and evaluate current empirical research. Research in creativity should provide a spectrum of methods that reflect the complex nature of the phenomenon. 2. Illustrated through the combination of text and authentic photographs, the second manuscript explores how preservice elementary teachers conceptualize their professional identity. This manuscript includes preservice teachers' photographic submissions related to professional identity. Implications include considering how these perceptions affect teacher recruitment, retention, and professional regard within our society and school systems. 3. Understanding the interaction between ritual and creativity can elucidate essential qualities of creativity. The third paper will consider the lived experiences of ritual in the creative process of ten Pro-c individuals. As a result of interview analysis, a definition of ritual that is unique to the creative process is revealed. Ritual in the creative process is delineated into three hierarchical categories: (1) Ritual construct, an element of the ritual; (2) Ritual quality, a distinguishing characteristic of the ritual; (3) Ritual purpose, the value the ritual provides in the creative process.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Education and Human Performance
Education; Elementary Education
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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Bryan-Bethea, Kathryn, "Perspectives on Creativity: Theoria, Praxis, and Poiesis" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4892.