ERIC Number: EJ935010
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Reference Count: 36
Creativity: What Are We Talking about?
Milbrandt, Melody; Milbrandt, Lanny
Art Education, v64 n1 p8-13 Jan 2011
In the United States, people's collective definitions, perceptions, and myths about creativity have, at best, produced an uneven understanding of what it means to be a creative person. This article aims to clarify meanings associated with the broad term "creativity" and identify some observable processes associated with it. Part of the problem in the current educational context is that the term "creativity" is so ill-defined, ambiguous, and fuzzy so that no common agreement exists on its meaning. Creativity remains an elusive concept where discussion, definitions, procedures, and expressions of the term may be regarded superficially unless broad understandings about creativity can be broken down to manageable and assessable specific operations. This article is focused on definitions of traditional Western concepts of creativity, but the topic is of growing concern among educational theorists and researchers around the world. To engage in a global conversation about the importance of creativity, art educators must be prepared to define, as well as speak clearly about their aims and strategies for motivating and nurturing creative behavior and the implications of growing numbers of cross-disciplinary intersections.
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