ERIC Number: ED077809
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965
Reference Count: 0
Creativity and the Prepared Mind.
The author is concerned with the role of preconception in the process of creative thinking, and as a psychologist, he experimented to determine what variables influence creative thinking. In the process of experimentation, however, he began to feel that some specific preconceptions were warping his investigation and were detrimental to a useful study of creativity. In this report he reviews the various modes of approaching analysis of creative cognition, pointing out their shortcomings, in particular isolating variables of behavior rather than identifying systems of behavior. The implication is that modern data gathering methods are tailored to the method of analysis, not the content under analysis. The author emphasizes the need for more creative "cognitive maps," internalized modes of thinking, to be brought to the question of analyzing creative intelligence. Prefatory remarks by Manuel Barkan relate the author's presentation to the interests of the art education profession. (JM)
Descriptors: Art Education, Cognitive Processes, Creative Expression, Creative Thinking, Creativity, Creativity Research, Creativity Tests, Critical Thinking, Mental Rigidity, Psychological Studies, Research Methodology
National Art Education Association, 1201 Sixteenth Street, N. W., Washington, D. C. 20036 ($1.00)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Art Education Association, Reston, VA.