ERIC Number: ED260982
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Creativity and Skill.
It is frequently maintained that creativity involves flexibility, spontaneity, and divergent thinking. Contrary to this commonly held notion, rules play a central role in creativity. For example, in art most work is not revolutionary but rather takes place within a framework of rules dictated by a tradition, a school, or a style. Skills, too, are part of the realm of creativity. Skills are not simply habits which, once learned, become automatic. True skill involves care, vigilance, and criticism. A skilled performance, for example, is one which can be adjusted to changing circumstances. Learning skills is in fact an important part of creativity. (LP)
Descriptors: Art Expression, Creative Development, Creative Expression, Creative Thinking, Creativity, Skill Analysis, Skills
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Publishers, Suite 102. 365 Broadway, Hillsdale, NH 10742 ($5.00; 1-10 copies, $3.50).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Harvard International Conference on Thinking (Cambridge, MA, August 19-23, 1984).