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Twisting Knobs and Connecting Things

  • Punya Mishra
  • Danah Henriksen
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Educational Communications and Technology book series (BRIEFSECT)

Abstract

In this chapter we attempt to answer the question: “Where do creative ideas come from?” Research suggests that creativity is not a magical process, but rather that creative ideas emerge from combining pre-existing ideas and concepts in unique and new ways. Creating these novel, effective, and whole combinations is unpredictable and requires bringing together a wide range of background knowledge and experiences to see things in a “new” way. It is this breadth of knowledge and experience that allows creative individuals to see novel connections (or knobs) and act on them. In essence, trans-disciplinary knowledge provides individuals with the resources to spot new knobs and see new possibilities for twisting them (or making new connections). Key to developing creative thinkers is to provide people with a rich range of ways of understanding and experiencing the world, thus enriching the concepts they have.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Punya Mishra
    • 1
  • Danah Henriksen
    • 1
  1. 1.Mary Lou Fulton Teachers CollegeArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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