ERIC Number: EJ1094351
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
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Pretend Play: Antecedent of Adult Creativity
Russ, Sandra W.
New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, n151 p21-32 Spr 2016
This article reviews the theoretical and empirical literature in the area of pretend play as a predictor of adult creativity. There is strong evidence that processes expressed in pretend play are associated with measures of creativity, especially with divergent thinking. There is some evidence from longitudinal studies that this association is stable over time. Converging evidence suggests that cognitive and affective processes in pretend play are involved in adult creative production. However, there is a lack of consensus in the field as to whether engaging in pretend play actually facilitates creative thinking. In addition, many other variables (opportunity, tolerance for failure, motivation, work ethic, etc.) determine whether children with creative potential are actually creative in adulthood. In spite of the many methodological challenges in conducting research in the play area, it is important to continue investigating specific processes expressed in play and their developmental trajectories. Large samples in multisite studies would be ideal in investigating the ability of specific play processes to predict these creative processes and creative productivity in adulthood.
Descriptors: Creativity, Play, Imagination, Adults, Creative Thinking, Children, Child Development, Research Needs, Productivity, Literature Reviews
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