ERIC Number: EJ1041896
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Reference Count: 7
How Creativity Came to Reside in the Land of the Gifted (And How to Move It into a New Neighborhood)
Flint, Lori J.
Knowledge Quest, v42 n5 p65-69 May-Jun 2014
Author Lori Flint, has a PhD in educational psychology/ gifted and creative education and is a board member for the North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented. She advocates for students of all ages and abilities, especially the underdogs. She begins this article with a discussion of the origins of creativity in the world of education for gifted and talented students, how that focus came to be-and why creativity should be encouraged in all students. Flint expresses a need that she sees for educators to accept and believe that creativity is not just for gifted and talented people; it is for everyone. She writes that creative dispositions can occur in just about anyone, and these dispositions include a strong commitment to a personal aesthetic; an ability to excel at not only solving problems, but in finding and defining them; mental fluidity; flexible thinking; a tolerance for ambiguity; a willingness to take appropriate risks; objectivity; and intrinsic motivation. Flint calls for bringing a little more organic creativity into the schools, homes, and workplaces in our country, and believes it just may change the way we all think about learning and working to create a new type of life-changing literacy.
Descriptors: Creativity, Gifted, Talent, Intellectual History, Inclusion, Play, Educational Practices, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Change, Change Strategies, Learning Activities
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