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ERIC Number: EJ832901
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1683-1381
Creativity and Education
Runco, Mark A.
New Horizons in Education, v56 n1 May 2008
Background: A concern for scientific rigor has directed most recent research on creativity towards the study of unambiguous expressions of talent. This is problematic for educators and anyone else who is interested in children's creative potential. Focus of discussion: Creative potential should be the primary concern for educators. Theories of and methods used for enhancing creativity which focus on actual performance are misleading and may not help with the fulfillment of potential. Suggestions: Potential is not always obvious, but educators and others working with children should consider defining creativity in literal terms, as thinking or problem solving that involves the construction of new meaning. This in turn relies on personal interpretations. These are personal and new for the individual, not on any larger scale. This approach is consistent with the educational premise "to understand is to invent," and it allows educators to target students' self-expression. The emphasis is thus on the individual, the self. Equally significant for educators is that this view posits that creativity is widely distributed. Virtually every individual has the mental capacity to construct the personal interpretations that are involved. Conclusion: Creativity is something we can find in every child, not just the gifted or highly intelligent.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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