Creativity and the computer nerd: an exploration of attitudes

Chapman, G., Fisher, T. ORCID: 0000-0003-2565-8805, Ashworth, P. and Reavey, P., 1997. Creativity and the computer nerd: an exploration of attitudes. Digital Creativity, 8 (34), pp. 97-105. ISSN 1462-6268

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This study arises from our concern that many of our best art and design students are failing to make the most of the opportunities provided by IT because of their fear or dislike of computers. This not only deprives them of useful skills, but, even more importantly, deprives many IT based developments of their input. In this paper we investigate the relationship between attitudes to creativity and to computers among students. We quickly discard an approach based on theories of personality types as philosophically and educationally problematic. An approach based on the self-concept of artists and designers, in relation to their own creativity and to their feelings about computers, offers more hope of progress. This means that we do not try to define the attributes of "creative people". Rather, we ask what creativity means to students of art and design and relate these responses to their attitudes to computers. Self-concept depends on how the subjects see themselves within society and culture, and is liable to change as culture changes. One major instrument of cultural change at the present time is the growth of IT itself. We then describe a first attempt at using a psychological method - Kelly's Repertory Grids - to investigate the self-concept of artists and designers. It is hoped to continue with this approach in further studies over the next few years.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Digital Creativity
Creators: Chapman, G., Fisher, T., Ashworth, P. and Reavey, P.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date: 1997
Volume: 8
Number: 34
ISSN: 1462-6268
Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
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Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:24
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:29

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