To Read: On Learning and Creativity

Classroom Teaching Styles

My own thinking about styles of learning and thinking has been driven by my “theory of mental self-government,” which I first presented in book format in a volume entitled Thinking Styles. According to this theory, the ways of governments in the world are external reflections of what goes on in people’s minds. There are 13 different styles in the theory, but consider now just three of them. People with a legislative style like to come up with their own ideas and to do things in their own way; people with an executive style prefer to be given more structure and guidance or even told what to do; people with a judicial style like to evaluate and judge things and especially the work of others.

Interesting article. He talks about learning styles, but perhaps it is learning preferences. We certainly have those.

Uncertainty, Innovation, and the Alchemy of Fear

The ability to live in the question long enough for genius to emerge is a touchstone of creative success. In fact, a 2008 study published in the Journal of Creative Behavior revealed tolerance for ambiguity to be “significantly and positively related” to creativity.

The author gives strategies for building uncertainty scaffolding which allow a person to live with ambiguity (and thus potentially be more creative) without going crazy. Three different areas to modify are given and five more detailed examples used to show the application of these.

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