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Developing a Compassion and Creativity Index : Paradigm Shifts in Education

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Objectives or purposes of the paper

We are working on indicators for creativity and compassion with the eventual goal to create a Compassion and Creativity Index(CCI). Currently, schools and universities around the world use very narrow criteria for creativity or for defining "excellence", and many students are disadvantaged and are pushed to drop out of schools. Students with difficulties in learning do not get the help they need as a holistic and a broadened understanding about creativity is not available to guide educational practices. On another connected topic, while we strive for "excellence" schools are neglecting to foster students' ability to feel for and help each other, or for compassion. The advancement of technology can tremendously harm people if it is not accompanied by our compassion for each other and for nature. Creativity and compassion should support each other and enhance each other. This is what brings us together to work on the indicators.

Main perspectives or theoretical/conceptual framework

Creativity is touted as a must for innovation, for excellence. But creativity has multiple dimensions. It is not limited to intellectual or academic ability. Currently, creativity is limited to the ability to conceptualize and analyze problems, to use the mind in a logical and rational manner. However, we believe creativity involves our whole being. It involves inner ability, turning inward for intuition, tabbing into one’s potential and the developing the child holistically.

Compassion is represented by a great heart to sense the suffering of others and to want to help end that suffering. Gandhi and Martin Luther King gave their life for this cause.
A sense of interconnection is in the foundation of compassion. “I am because you are”, as the South African Ubuntu concept informs us (Tutu, 2000). We are inextricably bounded in our humanity. With this feeling of interconnection, one is unwilling to hurt others as others are felt and seen as oneself. Compassion is associated with emotions for others, and involves attributes such as care, humility, love, etc.

We believe that creativity and compassion cannot be separated but inextricably linked and mutually supportive of each other. Creativity without compassion can lead to lethal weapons for devastating wars, and compassion without creativity does not lead to the full development of the potentials of the children.

Analytical methods, research design, or modes of inquiry

Our goal is to create a Compassion and Creativity Index, in the hope of broadening and deepening the goals of education. One of the main functions of education systems is the individual control ability (Klieme et al., 2006). Within the context of this function we would like to create the CCI and test it in different countries to find out the extent to which, the pupils, learners and students are enabled to independently but also interdependently shape their own biography or individuality, their relationship to their environment and life in the community. We will also draw from new paradigm shifting indices that go beyond GDP or some traditional economic or achievement indices. We look at National Happiness Index, and the Global Peace Index for ideas. But we are most interested in developing indices that acknowledge the whole dimension of our being as creative and compassionate beings. We will focus on Beliefs, Values and Behaviors in these indices.

Data sources or evidence, and results

We anticipate to conduct surveys among school pupils from compulsory schools, students in the upper secondary level and eventually in higher education and organizations as well. The purpose of this presentation is to share ideas with the audience about our preliminary theoretical reflection and research design and to brain-storm how best to create the indicators, and to measure them.

Significance of the study to the field of comparative or international education

We anticipate the indices will generate new dimensions for international comparative education horizontally, and add depth to what entails education for excellence and for conducting ourselves in this world and building relations with each other and with Nature.


References:

Klieme Eckhard, Avenarius Hermann, Baethge Marin, Döbert Hans, Hetmeier Heinz-Werner, Meister-Scheufelen Gisela, Rauschenbach Thomas, Wolter Andrä: Grundkonzeption der Bildungsberichterstattung in Deutschland [Basic Concept of Education Reporting in Germany]. In: Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft, Bildungs- und Sozialberichterstattung [Journal for Educational Science, Education and Social Reporting], Beiheft [supplement ] 6-2006

Montessori, Maria (1948). The Discovery of the Child. Madras: Kalkshetra Publications Press.

Montessori, Maria (1949). The Absorbent Mind. Madras: Theosophical Publishing House.

Tutu, Desmond. (2000). No Future without Forgiveness. New York: Double Day.
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Renold, Ursula. and Lin, Jing. "Developing a Compassion and Creativity Index : Paradigm Shifts in Education" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference, Sheraton Centre Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Mar 10, 2014 <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p717028_index.html>

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Renold, U. and Lin, J. , 2014-03-10 "Developing a Compassion and Creativity Index : Paradigm Shifts in Education" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference, Sheraton Centre Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p717028_index.html

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Abstract: Objectives or purposes of the paper

We are working on indicators for creativity and compassion with the eventual goal to create a Compassion and Creativity Index(CCI). Currently, schools and universities around the world use very narrow criteria for creativity or for defining "excellence", and many students are disadvantaged and are pushed to drop out of schools. Students with difficulties in learning do not get the help they need as a holistic and a broadened understanding about creativity is not available to guide educational practices. On another connected topic, while we strive for "excellence" schools are neglecting to foster students' ability to feel for and help each other, or for compassion. The advancement of technology can tremendously harm people if it is not accompanied by our compassion for each other and for nature. Creativity and compassion should support each other and enhance each other. This is what brings us together to work on the indicators.

Main perspectives or theoretical/conceptual framework

Creativity is touted as a must for innovation, for excellence. But creativity has multiple dimensions. It is not limited to intellectual or academic ability. Currently, creativity is limited to the ability to conceptualize and analyze problems, to use the mind in a logical and rational manner. However, we believe creativity involves our whole being. It involves inner ability, turning inward for intuition, tabbing into one’s potential and the developing the child holistically.

Compassion is represented by a great heart to sense the suffering of others and to want to help end that suffering. Gandhi and Martin Luther King gave their life for this cause.
A sense of interconnection is in the foundation of compassion. “I am because you are”, as the South African Ubuntu concept informs us (Tutu, 2000). We are inextricably bounded in our humanity. With this feeling of interconnection, one is unwilling to hurt others as others are felt and seen as oneself. Compassion is associated with emotions for others, and involves attributes such as care, humility, love, etc.

We believe that creativity and compassion cannot be separated but inextricably linked and mutually supportive of each other. Creativity without compassion can lead to lethal weapons for devastating wars, and compassion without creativity does not lead to the full development of the potentials of the children.

Analytical methods, research design, or modes of inquiry

Our goal is to create a Compassion and Creativity Index, in the hope of broadening and deepening the goals of education. One of the main functions of education systems is the individual control ability (Klieme et al., 2006). Within the context of this function we would like to create the CCI and test it in different countries to find out the extent to which, the pupils, learners and students are enabled to independently but also interdependently shape their own biography or individuality, their relationship to their environment and life in the community. We will also draw from new paradigm shifting indices that go beyond GDP or some traditional economic or achievement indices. We look at National Happiness Index, and the Global Peace Index for ideas. But we are most interested in developing indices that acknowledge the whole dimension of our being as creative and compassionate beings. We will focus on Beliefs, Values and Behaviors in these indices.

Data sources or evidence, and results

We anticipate to conduct surveys among school pupils from compulsory schools, students in the upper secondary level and eventually in higher education and organizations as well. The purpose of this presentation is to share ideas with the audience about our preliminary theoretical reflection and research design and to brain-storm how best to create the indicators, and to measure them.

Significance of the study to the field of comparative or international education

We anticipate the indices will generate new dimensions for international comparative education horizontally, and add depth to what entails education for excellence and for conducting ourselves in this world and building relations with each other and with Nature.


References:

Klieme Eckhard, Avenarius Hermann, Baethge Marin, Döbert Hans, Hetmeier Heinz-Werner, Meister-Scheufelen Gisela, Rauschenbach Thomas, Wolter Andrä: Grundkonzeption der Bildungsberichterstattung in Deutschland [Basic Concept of Education Reporting in Germany]. In: Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft, Bildungs- und Sozialberichterstattung [Journal for Educational Science, Education and Social Reporting], Beiheft [supplement ] 6-2006

Montessori, Maria (1948). The Discovery of the Child. Madras: Kalkshetra Publications Press.

Montessori, Maria (1949). The Absorbent Mind. Madras: Theosophical Publishing House.

Tutu, Desmond. (2000). No Future without Forgiveness. New York: Double Day.


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