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Kaufman, James C. – Journal of Creative Behavior, 2017
This brief essay argues for the importance for more work on how creativity predicts positive outcomes, with a particular emphasis on expanding our definitions of these positive outcomes. The way that creativity may lead to increased equity and social justice is used as an example of these type of potential research questions.
Descriptors: Creativity, Social Justice, Predictor Variables, Definitions
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Sternberg, Robert; Kaufman, James C. – Teachers College Record, 2018
Background/Context: Creativity is an indispensable force in intellectual, social, cultural, and economic development. Yet societal forces conspire to erode it. Educators have despaired for many years over how schools often fail to encourage creativity, but society as a whole is just as guilty. But how do schools and society fail to encourage, or…
Descriptors: Creativity, Social Influences, Barriers, Theory Practice Relationship
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Tang, Chaoying; Kaufman, James C. – Journal of Creative Behavior, 2017
What are the personal characteristics that distinguish the creative scientist from the less creative scientist? This study used the concept of implicit theory in a four-part study of scientists and graduate students in science. In the first part, we collected 1382 adjective words that describe the personal characteristics of the creative scientist…
Descriptors: Scientists, Individual Characteristics, Creativity, Graduate Students
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Kaufman, James C. – Journal of Creative Behavior, 2015
In this commentary on the papers in the special issue, I discuss how many of the standard questions and debates in the field of creativity research tend to focus on the individual creator. The welcome recent resurgence of interest in questions of context, interaction, culture, and audience--as on full display in this special issue--is cause to…
Descriptors: Creativity, Behavior Theories, Research, Context Effect
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Kaufman, James C. – Creativity Research Journal, 2015
In this article, I highlight some of Arthur Cropley's work that has been the most influential to me as a scholar. Cropley's work has continually pushed the boundaries by exploring what creativity is and isn't, squashing myths, and not making assumptions. I specifically discuss Cropley's research and theory on the importance of convergent thinking,…
Descriptors: Creativity, Careers, Convergent Thinking, Creative Thinking
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Tang, Chaoying; Li, Qin; Kaufman, James C. – Journal of Creative Behavior, 2018
Empirical studies on the relationship between affect and creativity often produce conflicting results. This inconsistency has led us to believe that the relationship between affect and creativity may be better understood by looking at potential moderators. Our study looked specifically at trait affect and self-perceived creativity. Using the…
Descriptors: Creativity, Correlation, Problem Solving, Models
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Tu, Cuiping; Guo, Jiajun; Hatcher, Ryan C.; Kaufman, James C. – Journal of Creative Behavior, 2020
The Amusement Park Theory of Creativity, which represents both domain-specific and domain-general perspectives of creativity, calls for more research on how individual difference constructs are related to creativity at all ends of the domain-specificity and general spectrum. Toward this goal, this study examined emotional intelligence (using the…
Descriptors: Emotional Intelligence, Creativity, Individual Differences, Creative Thinking
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Pretz, Jean E.; Kaufman, James C. – Journal of Creative Behavior, 2017
College admissions decisions have traditionally focused on high school academic performance and standardized test scores. An ongoing debate is the validity of these measures for predicting success in college; part of this debate includes how success is defined. One potential way of defining college success is a student's creative accomplishments.…
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, College Admission, Success, Creativity
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Glaveanu, Vlad P.; Kaufman, James C. – Roeper Review, 2017
In this response, we commend Sternberg's Active Concerned Citizenship and Ethical Leadership (ACCEL) model yet urge him to consider an ACCEL-S model that more fully incorporates society's integrative role in giftedness. ACCEL-S builds on the highly complex and contextual view of giftedness proposed by Sternberg and transforms it into a…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Talent Identification, Models, Interpersonal Relationship
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Luria, Sarah R.; Kaufman, James C. – Psychology in the Schools, 2017
This paper reviews the relationship between creativity and equitable thinking and the individual differences in personality, demographic, and experiential factors that influence both concepts as they affect each other. Given the nationwide push to increase equity in public schools, interventions beyond teaching about equity are becoming…
Descriptors: Correlation, Creativity, Individual Differences, Personality Traits
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Kaufman, James C. – Learning and Individual Differences, 2012
Self-estimated intelligence is a quick way to assess people's conceptions of their own abilities. Furnham (2001) and colleagues have used this technique to make comparisons across culture and gender and different approaches to intelligence (such as "g" or Multiple Intelligences). This study seeks to build on past work in two ways. First, a large,…
Descriptors: Multiple Intelligences, Hispanic Americans, Intelligence, Comparative Analysis
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Tang, Chaoying; Baer, John; Kaufman, James C. – Journal of Creative Behavior, 2015
To study implicit concepts of creativity in computer science in the United States and mainland China, we first asked 308 Chinese computer scientists for adjectives that would describe a creative computer scientist. Computer scientists and non-computer scientists from China (N = 1069) and the United States (N = 971) then rated how well those…
Descriptors: Creativity, Computer Science Education, Foreign Countries, Educational Theories
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Niu, Weihua; Kaufman, James C. – Journal of Creative Behavior, 2013
The article integrates the seven papers of the two special issues with a special focus on discussing the differences in people's beliefs about creativity between the Chinese and American cultures: How it is conceived, evaluated, and nurtured. It uses three metaphors to capture major differences in these aspects, and highlights areas with profound…
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Creativity, Cross Cultural Studies, Attitudes
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Luria, Sarah R.; Sriraman, Bharath; Kaufman, James C. – ZDM: The International Journal on Mathematics Education, 2017
Equity is an important element of educational discourses pertaining to mathematics and science education. Creativity is an aspect of the classroom that is often ignored due to curricular constraints and the burden of testing. However mathematics offers avenues to infuse the regular curricula with activities that are thought provoking and require…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Mathematics Education, Creative Thinking, Mathematics Instruction
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Taylor, Christa L.; Esmaili Zaghi, Arash; Kaufman, James C.; Reis, Sally M.; Renzulli, Joseph S. – Journal of Engineering Education, 2020
Background: Creativity is increasingly recognized as an important skill for success in the field of engineering, but most traditional, post-secondary engineering education programs do not reward creative efforts. Failing to recognize creativity or creative efforts can have particularly negative effects for those students with attention deficit…
Descriptors: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Engineering Education, Student Characteristics, Academic Aptitude
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