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Handbook of Creativity Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0521576048 ISBN-10: 0521576040 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (October 28, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521576040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521576048
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"His volume serves well as a handbook, containing chapters that are appropriately thorough and self-contained. Sternberg has put together and original, useful book that will be valuable in upper-division undergraduate collections and above." Choice

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The Handbook of Creativity provides a comprehensive, definitive, and authoritative single-volume review of t he entire field of creativity. Twenty-two chapters introduce the field and deal with methods in studying creativity, origins of creativity, the self and environment in creativity, special topics in creativity, and conclusions. Each of the essays are written to be accessible to all educated readers.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By T. McAlpine on August 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
Sternberg's Handbook has an almost mythical reputation amongst the Creative Studies Students at Buffalo State College. While there are shortcomings to the Handbook, areas where key authors or subjects are missing (it is written from the behavioral scientist point of view, and there are other, equally valid viewpoints in creative studies), each chapter will have plenty of food for thought.

And, guaranteed, you will have the time to digest this food for thought, as each and every chapter requires slow and careful reading. If the writing were to be any denser, it would tear free from the pages and sink to the very center of the Earth! Yet, there is so much information that, in the end, the knowledge derived is more than worth the work needed to get at it.

One last note: This is a handbook for those interested in the deep research on creativity. It is NOT suitable a "first book" for anyone starting out to learn about creativity!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
Just reading the table of contents of this book will expand the ways you thought creativity could be studied. This is a cery broad book that gives representation to most of the approaches to studying creativity that have proven fruitful at all to date. Includes chapters on case study, historio-metrical, psychometrical, experimental, and many more research paradigms in creativity. Because the book is so wide ranging I'd say it's best as an intriduction for a college or graduate student interested in either perhaps entering this field of research, or one who is simply interested in a highly comprehensive and somewhat technical overview of inquiry into human creativity. Since it includes two chapters on the history of thought on creativity, it is even more comprehensive than one may expect!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mehmet Yusuf YAHYAGIL on April 9, 2000
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Dr.Sternberg's book on the evolution process of creativity research is a splendit source for anybody who deals with social sciences, a must for organizational behaviorists and a very satisfactory piece of reading for general reader.
The book does not give mere descriptions on the scope of creativity but it provides great amount of knowledge on the evolutionary process of creativity research from ancient times up to today! Furthermore, the subject of creativity has been examined both from theoretical and methodological perspective in such a creative manner which gives a very good knowledge about the major approaches, the outcomes of the previous researchs, main obstacles in the course of investigation, and finally the probable studies for further research on the creativity.
Consequently, the reader finds a good chance not only to have a detailed theoretical and practical information on the subject but also to learn the main approaches of outstanding social scientists towards the subject and not mentioning about the meticoulisly prepared bibliography.
I am amazed with the intensity of Dr.Sternberg's study the language of which is clear enough those of us whose Mother tongue is not English (like me!).
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Richard Tabor Greene on January 11, 2000
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I was looking for a comprehensive introduction to creativity research for students that combined a mapping function--showing what is out there by whom trending where--and a grounding interest function--showing how the research really does elucidate and give insight on insights, creation, etc.. Well..... The table of contents was perfect--absolutely perfect. But half of the articles served purely as mappings, with little or no insight provided. One does not know immediately whether to ascribe this to a fault in the articles included on in the research surveyed. Students who happened to get assigned good chapters came away excited, but those who happened to get assigned purely mapping chapters were bored by creativity research and hard to keep motivated. So now I have to use Sternberg's earlier book on Insight along with this Handbook. I apologize for the honesty of this review. It is a great mapping book and a moderate insight provider in sum.
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