Which came first? LO20253

John Gunkler (jgunkler@sprintmail.com)
Tue, 22 Dec 1998 09:27:24 -0600

Replying to "Relationship between creativity and learning? LO20219"

At, I don't understand your (apparent) obsession with establishing a
precedence relation. You continue to ask a "which came first?" question
-- as you have elsewhere in this same thread and as you have done in many
other conversations.

I want to ask you: why does it matter? While it is a matter of
longstanding fascination to ask, "Which came first, the chicken or the
egg?" I'm not sure we have been enlightened by the attempts to answer.
Just so here -- I'm not sure that trying to figure out whether creativity
or learning come first is a worthwhile enterprise. I'm not even convinced
that it is a sensical question.

What I am pretty sure of, from my own experience with other people (and
with myself,) is that both directions happen. I have experienced learning
coming from creativity -- in the sense that creative activities produce
learning. And I have seen how learning can generate creativity -- in the
sense that new knowledge causes a person to make creative connections with
"old" knowledge.

Since both directions happen I don't see how it is useful to argue about
the precedence of one or the other. Am I missing something? Do others
deny the possibility of one direction or the other happening? (Was I
mistaken when I thought I experienced both?)

Perhaps it is time to stop discussing precedence and start talking about
mutual causation -- and how to enhance both learning and creativity, what
do you think?


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