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Creativity, Technology & Education: Exploring their Convergence

  • Serves as a principal text for those examining the intersection of creativity, technology and education within a course

  • Offers a definition of creativity, ways of understanding the creative process, strategies to appraise creative output, as well as a technique for evaluating classrooms that support creativity

  • Explores ideas of creativity, technology and learning within the contexts of different disciplines, historical cases, and examples


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Punya Mishra, Danah Henriksen
    Pages 1-5
  3. Setting the Frame

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Punya Mishra, Danah Henriksen
      Pages 9-16
    3. Punya Mishra, Danah Henriksen
      Pages 17-23
    4. Punya Mishra, Danah Henriksen
      Pages 25-32
  4. Combinatorial Creativity and (In)Disciplined Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Punya Mishra, Danah Henriksen
      Pages 35-41
    3. Punya Mishra, Danah Henriksen
      Pages 43-51
    4. Punya Mishra, Danah Henriksen
      Pages 53-61
  5. Putting in Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Punya Mishra, Danah Henriksen
      Pages 65-71
    3. Punya Mishra, Danah Henriksen
      Pages 73-81
    4. Punya Mishra, Danah Henriksen
      Pages 83-90
  6. The Architectures of Creativity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Punya Mishra, Danah Henriksen
      Pages 93-102
    3. Punya Mishra, Danah Henriksen
      Pages 103-109
    4. Punya Mishra, Danah Henriksen
      Pages 111-116
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 117-124

About this book


In this collection of beautifully written essays, Mishra, Henriksen, and the Deep-play Research Group challenge myths about technology and creativity, debate time-honored instructional practices, and play with new ideas for schools to care for and nurture, rather than constrain, creativity. These essays are provocative … refreshing, [and] insightful —Dr. Yong Zhao, Foundation Distinguished Professor, University of Kansas and Fellow, Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Victoria University, Australia.

What is creativity? Why is it important? What does it look like across different disciplines and contexts? What role does technology play, if any, in the creative process? And finally, what do creativity and technology have to do with education? These are the questions that underlie the collection of articles in this book.

These essays provide a broad analytic frame for thinking about creativity, technology and education and describe classroom examples as well as strategies for evaluating creative artifacts and creative environments. All of these are grounded in specific examples from across a wide range of disciplines and contexts—art, mathematics, engineering, computer science, graphic design, architecture, science to name just a few. The final essays take a broader perspective on creativity and technology focusing both on our highly inter-connected YouTube world but also possibilities for the future.

Creativity, Technology & Education: Exploring their Convergence is a vital resource for educators and practitioners as they seek to incorporate creative work and thoughtful pedagogy in their personal and professional lives. 


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Mary Lou Fulton Teachers CollegeArizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  2. 2.Mary Lou Fulton Teachers CollegeArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

About the authors

Punya Mishra is Associate Dean of Scholarship & Innovation and Professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. He also has an affiliate faculty position in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. He is nationally and internationally recognized for his work on the theoretical, cognitive and social aspects related to the design and use of educational technologies. His more recent work has focused on educational innovation, creativity and aesthetics. Punya is a gifted, creative and engaging public speaker, as well as an accomplished visual artist and poet. 

Danah Henriksen is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Innovation at Arizona State University. Her current work and research highlight aspects of creativity, thinking skills, and design thinking for education. Her work has been published in both peer-reviewed journals as well as practitioner venues. She has co-edited special issues on creativity and technology for both the  Journal of Technology and Teacher Education and TechTrends. She teaches courses on educational psychology, systems change and leadership, design thinking and creativity in educational settings. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Creativity, Technology & Education: Exploring their Convergence
  • Authors Punya Mishra
    Danah Henriksen
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Educational Communications and Technology
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs in Educat. Communicat., Technology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information AECT 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-70274-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-70275-9
  • Series ISSN 2196-498X
  • Series E-ISSN 2196-4998
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 124
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Educational Technology
    Learning & Instruction
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“Enhancing creativity and effective applying of technology are crucial to the success of society. This is a pioneering book which has important enlightening significance in guiding teachers’ reflective education practice, such as integrating technology into education properly, attaching importance to grow student’s creativity thinking skill.” (Yanmei Yin, International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, Vol. 15, 2019)

“The book is designed to be easily used by students and teachers. … As it touches upon so many matters and introduces a variety of theoretical perspectives, the book is a goldmine when looking for references and must-reads for students and (starting) housing scholars.” (Jana Verstraete, Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, Vol. 34, 2019)