"The amazing thing about hydrothermal vents is that
we missed them for so long and now they're everywhere. . . . If your
mind is not prepared, it doesn't matter what you look at. You don't see
Dr. Richard T. Barber, Professor of Biological Oceanography,
University in Chronicles of Higher Education (1998, November 13), p.A15.
Thinking Skills: Creativity
Creative thinking is the mental process involved with the invention of new ideas or concepts, divergent from that which currently exists. A research study showed that you should do
what you enjoy and creativity will follow. However, differing
views of creativity have a wide range. Divergent thinking plays an
important role in such thinking, which begins with the capacity to believe
in that which others do not believe exists and to recognize novelty and
difference. Developing an environment that nurtures innovation requires
emphasis on trust, motivation and inspiration. Within that environment, the capacity to find or identify something as a problem is as important as developing a creative solution for it (Fasko, 2000).
Seminal researchers in the field (Guilford, 1986; Renzulli & Callahan, 1981; Torrence, 1974) recommend consideration of 4 criteria when evaluating the degree and quality of creativity: fluency (the number of ideas); flexibility (the range of ideas); originality (new or unusual ideas, Piaget's accommodation); and elaboration (adding details to ideas, Piaget's assimilation).
Related Web Sites
Creative Quotations for Creative
Motivating Moments is an ever growing on-line collection of Motivational
Quotations, Inspirational Quotes, Positive Quotes, Success-Oriented Quotations
and Inspirational Stories. All quote pages are updated 3 times a week.
Creativity Literature Resources
An extensive list of many categories (thinkers.net).
Bibliography by the International Center for Studies in Creativity (over 12,000 annotated references)
- Fasko, D. (2000-2001). Education and creativity. Creativity Research Journal, 13(3-4), 317-327.
- Guilford, J. (1986). Creative talents: Their nature, use and development. Bufalo, NY: Bearly.
- Renzulli, J., & Callahan, C. (1981). Developing creativity training exercies. In J. Gowan, J. Khatena, & E. P. Torrance (Eds.), Creativity: Its educational implications (2nd ed.). Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt.
- Torrence, E.P. (1974). Torrance tess of creative thinking.Lexington,, MA: Ginn.
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