Ashland University's Dr. Jane Piirto Publishes New Book

4/29/11 ASHLAND, OH -- Dr. Jane Piirto, trustees' distinguished professor of education at Ashland University, has published a new book titled "Creativity for 21st Century Skills: How to Embed Creativity into the Curriculum," with Sense Publishers of Rotterdam, Boston, and Taipei.

According to Piirto, the book describes what many creative people really do when they create and focuses on the practical applications of a theoretical approach to creativity training that has been developed by Piirto.

"Many suggestions for enhancing creativity focus on ideas that are over 60 years old," she said. "This new approach may be helpful for those seeking to develop 21st century skills of creativity."

Piirto said the five core attitudes (Naiveté, Risk-taking, Self-Discipline, Tolerance for Ambiguity, and Group Trust), the Seven I's (Inspiration, Intuition, Improvisation, Imagination, Imagery, Incubation, and Insight), and several general practices -- the use of ritual, meditation, solitude, exercise, silence and a creative attitude to the process of life, with corresponding activities, -- are described, discussed and illustrated in the book.

A discussion of how to be creative within an educational institution also is included.

The book, printed in hardback and paperback copies and available in digital form, is available through the Ashland University Bookstore and internet booksellers.

A faculty member at Ashland University since 1988, Piirto received her undergraduate degree in English from Northern Michigan University, a master's degree in English from Kent State University, and a master's degree in education guidance and counseling from South Dakota State University. She earned a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Bowling Green State University.

Piirto has worked with students at levels pre-K through doctorate as a teacher, administrator and professor. She has published 13 books, both literary and scholarly, and many scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals and anthologies, as well as several poetry and creative nonfiction chapbooks.

She has won Individual Artist Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council in both poetry and fiction and is one of the few American writers listed as both a poet and a writer in the Directory of American Poets and Writers. She is a recipient of the Mensa Lifetime Achievement Award, of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters and was named an Ohio Magazine educator of distinction. In 2010 she was named Distinguished Scholar by the National Association for Gifted Children.

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