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ERIC Number: EJ1094347
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1520-3247
Creativity Doesn't Develop in a Vacuum
Barbot, Baptiste; Baer, John
New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, n151 p9-20 Spr 2016
The skills, knowledge, attitudes, motivations, and personality traits that lead to creative thinking and creative behavior do not exist--and do not develop--in a vacuum. They are inextricably tied to content, to domains, in particular, and they therefore vary by domains. The more we learn about creativity, the more we discover how domain specific creativity is. This means we cannot nurture creativity, or any of the skills or attributes that contribute to creativity, without thinking about content. One cannot become physically fit by doing just one kind of exercise that trains a single set of muscles; all-around fitness requires diverse exercises that use and train many different sets of muscles. So it is with creativity. Different domains require different creativity-relevant skills, knowledge, attitudes, motivations, and personality traits. If we want to help children and adolescents become more creative, then we need to attend to the domains we use in the development of creativity.
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Language: English
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