ERIC Number: ED026113
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Feb
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Helping the Child Develop His Creative Potential.
Williams, Frank E.
In order to help the child develop his creative potential, it is necessary to understand (1) what personality characteristics distinguish the potentially creative child from the average child and (2) what environmental conditions, if any, facilitate the development of creative behavior. Research on the contribution of attitude, temperament, and environmental climate in nurturing the creative potential of the young child is small. Some trends, however, do appear in the existing studies, especially adult studies in which not only the personality of the creative individual is explored, but his childhood is reexamined. Although the relationships between childhood experience, personal attitudes, and creativity often appear inconsistent and even contradictory across individuals, it has been shown that creative people often (1) have great confidence in themselves, (2) are introverted and withdrawn, (3) are very intellectually curious, (4) are nonconforming and independent, (5) had a pleasant but not necessarily close relationship with their parents, (6) did receive support, respect, and relative autonomy from their parents, and (7) were allowed early to exercise their own judgment within limits of consistent discipline. (WD)
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Authoring Institution: Macalester Coll., St. Paul, Minn.
Note: Paper presented at Wilder Child Guidance Clinic Symposium, Hilton Hotel, St. Paul, Minn., February 5-6, 1968.