Creativity Crisis: Toward a Post-Constructivist Educational Future

Robert Nelson

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review


In Creativity Crisis Robert Nelson argues that university education is systematically uncreative and suggests how this might be changed. Constructive alignment, the centerpiece of today’s university pedagogy, promotes mechanistic thinking and the anxious gathering of manipulative skills. Learning happens more effectively when students take their study in new directions derived from their intimate, imagined relations with the new material they are encountering. Richly steeped in the history of ideas, from ancient Greece to the present, this book radically revises the concept of student-centredness, explores the language that encourages creativity, and helps teachers cultivate imaginative enthusiasm. Creativity Crisis is essential reading for those concerned with the nature and quality of instruction at university level.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationClayton Vic Australia
PublisherMonash University Publishing
Number of pages264
ISBN (Electronic)9781925523287, 9781925523294
ISBN (Print)9781925523270
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Cite this

Nelson, R. (2018). Creativity Crisis: Toward a Post-Constructivist Educational Future. Monash University Publishing.