Understanding the intersecting cognitive pathways that are integral to ways of thinking, creating and functioning in both art and science is an important grounding for a STEAM educational approach. We combine three divergent concepts, including creativity, hemisphere laterality, and critical state theory, to argue for a more balanced approach to learning as part of a modern meaning-centered education in STEAM. Reviewing the concept of hemisphere laterality, or how the two hemispheres of our brain have different (though not disconnected) ways of processing sensory information, we note how these two means of interpreting the world have become unbalanced in traditional modes of learning. We then discuss creativity as a mechanism that serves to balance the work of both hemispheres. Finally, critical state theory is introduced as an argument for why our brains need to exist in a more dynamically balanced state to function well in contemporary society.
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Rock, Jenny and Flatt, Asher
"Creativity, Laterality and Critical State Balance in Learning,"
The STEAM Journal:
1, Article 9.
Available at: http://scholarship.claremont.edu/steam/vol3/iss1/9