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ERIC Number: EJ949377
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 103
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0175
Through Multiple Lenses: Implicit Theories of Creativity among Indian Children and Adults
Sen, Rekha Sharma; Sharma, Neerja
Journal of Creative Behavior, v45 n4 p273-302 2011
This constructivist qualitative enquiry reveals a multiplicity of implicit theories of creativity extant in Indian culture with generic and domain specific usage of indigenous terms. Creativity was dominantly construed as a faculty of the nature of "pratibha", in keeping with Indian philosophical thought, and with reference to the self, with participants invoking the holistic self, cognitive self, experiential/emotional self and physical self to describe creativity. The sense of creativity in these seemingly disparate, self-based construals, the uncovering of which is the unique contribution of this study, derived from the person's experience of a sense of "agency", rather than merely the production of novelty "per se". This emphasis on process; novelty being central for some but epiphenomenal for others; the varied meanings of "newness"; experiencing creativity as self-expression, self-extension, self-fulfillment and self-actualization; and equating creativity with the act of learning reflect distinctive elements of implicit theories that have emerged in this study. (Contains 5 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: India