A Critique of Creativity and Complexity

Deconstructing Clichés

  • Don Ambrose
  • Bharath Sriraman
  • Kathleen M. Pierce

Part of the Advances in Creativity and Giftedness book series (ACAG, volume 25)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Don Ambrose
      Pages 3-15
  3. Complexity in Stem Processes and Structures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Jarmila Novotna, Bernard Sarrazy
      Pages 19-33
    3. Steve V. Coxon
      Pages 53-64
  4. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Creative Complexity

  5. Creative Educational Frameworks and Initiatives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Don Ambrose
      Pages 159-183
    3. Bryant Griffith, Kim Skinner
      Pages 185-197
    4. Jeffrey W. Bloom
      Pages 199-214
    5. Kathleen M. Pierce
      Pages 215-225
    6. Jack Trammell
      Pages 227-237
    7. Kathleen M. Pierce
      Pages 239-245
  6. Social-Emotional Dynamics as Complex and Potentially Creative

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. Michelle E. Jordan, Reuben R. Mcdaniel Jr.
      Pages 249-268
    3. Krystyna C. Laycraft
      Pages 269-290
    4. Ann Gazzard
      Pages 291-300
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 301-312

About this book


In an increasingly complex world the natural human inclination is to oversimplify issues and problems to make them seem more comprehensible and less threatening. This tendency usually generates forms of dogmatism that diminish our ability to think creatively and to develop worthy talents. Fortunately, complexity theory is giving us ways to make sense of intricate, evolving phenomena. This book represents a broad, interdisciplinary application of complexity theory to a wide variety of phenomena in general education, STEM education, learner diversity and special education, social-emotional development, organizational leadership, urban planning, and the history of philosophy. The contributors provide nuanced analyses of the structures and dynamics of complex adaptive systems in these academic and professional fields.


complexity theory creativity education giftedness interdisciplinary

Editors and affiliations

  • Don Ambrose
    • 1
  • Bharath Sriraman
    • 2
  • Kathleen M. Pierce
    • 3
  1. 1.Rider UniversityUSA
  2. 2.The University of MontanaUSA
  3. 3.Rider UniversityUSA

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