Insights into the Creativity Process
Creativity is an extremely complex process to understand.
The topics in this section examine contemporary research and thinking
on this process and its implications for fostering creative thinking,
teaching and curriculum. These topics are studied in Understanding
and Teaching for Creativity.
Personality and motivational theories of creativity. Do particular motivational
and other emotionally-related characteristics in children's lives promote
adult creativity? Aspects of this topic are examined in this paper.
Models of Creativity
The Stage Models of Creativity. The stage models of creativity describe
how a person needs to act on what they know in order to produce creative
outcomes. They examine creativity in terms of the processes used to change
or modify one's knowledge in order to generate creative outcomes. This
paper reviews some of the stages models.
Robert Sternberg attributes creativity not to what one knows in terms
of domain knowledge, but how individuals decide how to use what they know.
Sternberg's model of creativity is that you are more likely to get creative
outcomes when individuals decide how to use what they know in particular
ways. This paper discusses particular aspects of his model.
Theories of Creativity
It is frequently assumed that human processes as complex and as 'personal'
as creativity cannot be studied scientifically or captured in a theory.
One approach to studying it has been to attempt to unpack what happens
during creativity activity and to identify what things that people know,
believe and do. The componential theories of creativity identify the aspects
or components of individual activity that need to be in place for creative
skills models of creativity
It is frequently argued that particular ways of thinking lead to creativity.
Access to specific thinking skills allows the generation of creative outcomes.
There are two aspects to these thinking skills; being able to think in
particular ways and knowing the value of thinking in these ways, being
able to decide when to think in these ways and to use the ways of thinking
In this section we will try to understand how an individual’s knowledge
changes during the creativity
trends in creativity
In this section we examine various aspects and characteristics of creativity
and creative thinking, and how these aspects and features may gradually
of creativity tasks
In this section we examine four categories of creativity task; proactive
creativity, and responsive and expected creativity.
This section examines a range of procedures used to assess creative thinking and production.