Re: [xmca] LSV-CK

From: Vera Steiner (
Date: Sun Nov 12 2006 - 16:27:57 PST

I am delighted to read that your group is starting to address the topic
of creativity. I think the book referred to in the abstract by
Lindquist on creativity in childhood is really his article "Imagination
and creativity in childhood" that appeared in Soviet Psychology among
other places In addition to the works cited.your group may also be
interested in the article by Seana Moran and I on " Creativity in the
making" in a K.Sawyer edited volume " Creativity and Development." It is
an analysis of Vygotsky's ideas on these topics.
Mike Cole wrote:

> David-- Google is a place to look for lsv-ck connections. Here is an
> interesting source. Locally we are
> just starting to get into serious study of imagination and creativity, an
> area that Ana and others are way
> ahead on.
> mike
> Abstract
> Creativity Research Journal <>
> 2003, Vol. 15, No. 2&3, Pages 245-251
> (doi:10.1207/S15326934CRJ152&3_14)
> Vygotsky's Theory of Creativity
> Gunilla Lindqvist?University of Karlstad
> In Educational Psychology (1997/1926), Vygotsky pleaded for a realistic
> approach to children's literature. He is, among other things, critical of
> Chukovsky's story "Crocodile" and maintains that this story deals with
> nonsense and gibberish, without social relevance. This approach Vygotsky
> would leave soon, and, in Psychology of Art (1971/1925), in which he
> develops his theory of art, he talks about connections between nursery
> rhymes and children's play, exactly as the story of Chukovsky had done
> with
> the following argument: By dragging a child into a topsy-turvy world, we
> help his intellect work and his perception of reality. In his book
> Imagination and Creativity in Childhood (1995/1930), Vygotsky goes
> further
> and develops his theory of creativity. The book describes how Vygotsky
> regards the creative process of the human consciousness, the link between
> emotion and thought, and the role of the imagination. To Vygotsky, this
> brings to the fore the issue of the link between reality and imagination,
> and he discusses the issue of reproduction and creativity, both of which
> relate to the entire scope of human activity. Interpretations of
> Vygotsky in
> the 1990s have stressed the role of literature and the development of a
> cultural approach to psychology and education. It has been overlooked
> that
> Vygotsky started his career with work on the psychology of art.
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