I just returned from a visit to The Teaching Company. You may have seen their ads in the Wall Street Journal or any number of other publications; they develop and sell videotape and audiotape courses by the U.S.’s best professors. I was honored to be invited there to do what they call an “audition lecture” of 30 minutes. We’re talking about developing a 24-lecture course in “cultivating creativity” that is research based. What would you like to see in such a course?
My first thoughts are to use the outline of my book Explaining Creativity, an overview of the research about creativity. I’ve just signed with Oxford University Press to write a second edition of this book. Although it was just published in 2006, the research has progressed rather rapidly since then, and there are enough new findings that a second edition is necessary.
And on a related note: I’ll be on sabbatical from Washington University for the next 12 months, and will be in residence at three different locations:
1. Four weeks this summer at the San Francisco Exploratorium;
2. Three months, the fall term, at the University of Cambridge, England;
3. January through May 2010 at the Savannah College of Art & Design.
I plan to put these three experiences together and write a book about how to teach creativity.