Influences of Social Cohesion Disrupting the “Cycle of Creativity”

By Kenneth R. Austin.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This study discusses how newly formed creative abilities may dissipate and weaken within a ‘Cycle of Creativity’ which begins and ends in the same condition of information and creative dependency. That is, individuals may experience regressive stages of either lacking in or struggling with previously recognized creative abilities. However, individuals may realize improvements in creative ability and increased creative activity with a newfound sense of recognition, identity, and acceptance from the dynamic relations and supportive connections of a social group in much the same manner as one does from family. Such relationships, it is suggested, may help disrupt a regressive pattern of creative dependency. Ostensibly, the influences of a social group provide an ecology in which individuals of the group feel secure enough to take risks with the content and methodologies of their work which, for some, extend beyond conventional application. This study illustrates an apparent and persistent theme of a self-absorbent and impatient culture which struggles with personal inner pride and individual poise. Nevertheless, those same individuals exhibit inclinations to improve their creative abilities and a willingness to escape conditioned patterns of passive learning with the support and reassurance of social group connections. This study discusses and advocates an ideology that creativity does not emerge from oneness or sameness, or by merely replicating past practices. Rather, creative abilities may be improved by encountering struggle, the unknown, and the mysterious; with recognition and a desire for change; and, with the sustaining power of not only powerful social connections, but how encountering that which is most feared becomes most empowering.

Keywords: Creativity, Influences of Social Connections, Risk Taking, Recognition, Identity, and Acceptance

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 10, pp.265-276. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.216MB).

Dr. Kenneth R. Austin

Assistant Professor, Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, USA

Currently, I am a faculty member of a teacher preparatory program in which I teach Introduction to Pedagogy and Active Learning, and Designing a Curriculum for a Learner-Centered Classroom. Also, I teach Master level courses in Educational Philosophy, American Education History, Research in Education, and Secondary Teacher as Constructivist Leader. I was a high school teacher for 14 years before moving into higher education. In high school I taught courses in painting, traditional and digital photography, sculpture, drawing, art history, world cultures, world history, and aesthetics. This year conmpletes my 22nd year in education. I have the rare combination of having an MFA (Studio Art) and a PhD (Curriculum and Instruction), both from The University of Texas at Austin, USA.

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