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ERIC Number: EJ1162592
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1696-2095
The Specificity of Creativity: Figurative and Scientific
Bernal, Ana; Esparza, Javier; Ruiz, María-José; Ferrando, Mercedes; Sainz, Marta
Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology, v15 n3 p574-597 Dec 2017
Introduction: This work tackles the question about the nature of creativity as a general vs. domain-specific ability. First we deal with the concept of creativity and then, the main approaches to the debate of generality vs. specificity are exposed. Method: A total of 133 students attending 3rd grade of secondary education in Murcia Region took part in this research. The assessment instruments were the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking to assess general-figurative creativity and the Hu and Adey's Scientific-Creative thinking test to meassure scienific creativity. Also the Diferencial Aptitude Test was used to meassure intelligence. The relationship between figurative-general creativity and scientific creativity was studied from diferent statistical procedures: using correlation analysis, factorial, and using perceptual mapping. Results: The results point out to the independence between both figurative and scientific creativity; further more, we could talk about a task-specific creativity. Discussion or Conclusion: The debate about the generality vs domain specific creativity does have a great effect on the educational practice. Specifically regarding two issuees: a) the type of assessment to identify the students' creative potential, thus deciding which students could be candidates to enter specific gifted and talented programs; b) regarding to how to teach and foster divergent thinking and creativity in our students.
University of Almeria, Education & Psychology I+D+i. Faculty of Psychology Department of Educational and Developmental Psychology, Carretera de Sacramento s/n, 04120 LaCanada de San Urbano, Almeria, Spain. Tel: +34-950-015354; Fax: +34-950-015083; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking; Differential Aptitude Test
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