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Eudaimonia and creativity: The art of human flourishing

Wright, P.R. and Pascoe, R. (2014) Eudaimonia and creativity: The art of human flourishing. Cambridge Journal of Education, 45 (3).

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In times of rapid change the Arts have been shown to contribute through an array of processes to a range of outcomes that improve social and emotional health. While this observation has caused debates in the field such as, intrinsic versus instrumental value, individuality versus sociality, skill development focus versus broader aesthetic focus/beauty, and the tired argument of process versus product, these reductive arguments negate the value of the Arts to becoming fully human. Using the New Economics Foundation’s ‘Five Paths to Wellbeing’ as a framework, this article describes these paths – connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give – and the way that Arts practices are reflective of them. These links are then illustrated through a consideration of an artist-in-residence project, and pre-service teachers highlighting animating principles and processes that reveal creativity as a core value, and the links between enabling, belonging, creating, health and wellbeing.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
Publisher: Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis Group
Copyright: © 2014 University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education
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