ERIC Number: EJ682814
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun-1
Why Isn't Creativity More Important to Educational Psychologists? Potentials, Pitfalls, and Future Directions in Creativity Research
Plucker, Jonathan A.; Beghetto, Ronald A.; Dow, Gayle T.
Educational Psychologist, v39 n2 p83-96 Jun 2004
The construct of creativity has a great deal to offer educational psychology. Creativity appears to be an important component of problem-solving and other cognitive abilities, healthy social and emotional well-being, and scholastic and adult success. Yet the study of creativity is not nearly as robust as one would expect, due in part to the preponderance of myths and stereotypes about creativity that collectively strangle most research efforts in this area. The root cause of these stereotypes is the lack of adequate precision in the definition of creativity. The body of the article is devoted to specific suggestions for conceptualizing and defining creativity to maximize its potential contributions to educational psychology.
Descriptors: Psychologists, Cognitive Ability, Educational Psychology, Creativity, Definitions, Stereotypes, Educational Research, Futures (of Society)
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