Out of the box and into the woods: Creativity and academic literacies

Ian Pople

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    The systems model of creativity developed by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi presents an elegant approach to the production of creative works. This article maps Csikszentmihalyi’s three elements of creative production, that is domain, field and individual, onto models of academic literacy, i.e. a student’s relationship with the institutions of higher education and how that relationship is negotiated by the student. This mapping suggests how the practice of creative writing may allow creative writing students who are non-native speakers of English, attending a particular UK institution of higher education, to negotiate both their writing and their identity within the UK HE system. The article attempts to lay the ground for such negotiation by reporting and discussing comments made by students in both semi-structured interviews and in the commentaries they add to their final creative writing portfolios.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalWriting in Practice
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017


    • systems model of creativity; academic literacy; non-native speakers of English


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