Who is Keith Sawyer and why is he significant?

In recent years, there have been several world-class thought leaders in the separate but interdependent fields of creativity and innovation. None is held in higher regard than Keith Sawyer.

Briefly, one of the country’s leading scientific experts on creativity, Sawyer is the Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. His 2007 book Group Genius shows us how to be more creative in collaborative group settings, how to change our organizations for the better, and how to tap into our own reserves of creativity. His 2013 book Zig Zag identifies the eight stages of the creative process, and contains over 100 techniques to enhance your personal creativity.

His other published works:

Explaining Creativity: The Science of Human Innovation (Second Edition): The single most complete overview of the science of creativity. This book brings together the latest research from psychology, sociology, anthropology, and history, to develop a unified understanding of how creativity works.

Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences (Second Edition): Sawyer edited the second edition of this handbook, widely acknowledged to be the definitive introduction to the new science of learning. This handbook is a blueprint for schools of the future.

Structure and Improvisation in Creative Teaching: Sawyer edited this book, a collection of papers by leading teacher educators and researchers. Each chapter shows how we can help teachers be more creative. The book argues that teacher expertise is fundamentally improvisational, and that good teachers can become great by mastering improvisation.

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  1. Fredro on September 20, 2019 at 4:06 am

    Nice post!

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