Approaches to creativity : how adolescents engage in the creative process

Lassig, Carly J. (2013) Approaches to creativity : how adolescents engage in the creative process. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 10, pp. 3-12.

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Despite growing recognition of creativity's importance for young people, the creativity of adolescents remains a neglected field of study. Hence, grounded theory research was conducted with 20 adolescents from two Australian schools regarding their self-reported experiences of creativity in diverse domains. Four approaches to the creative process – adaptation, transfer, synthesis, and genesis – emerged from the research. These approaches used by students across a range of domains contribute to the literature in two key ways:

(a) explaining how adolescents engage in the creative process, theorised from adolescent creators’ self-reports of their experiences and

(b) confirms hybrid theories that recognise that creativity has elements of both domain-generality and domain-specificity.

The findings have educational implications for both students and teachers. For students, enhancing metacognitive awareness of their preferred approaches to creativity was reported as a valuable experience in itself, and might also enable adolescents to expand their creativity through experimenting with other ways of engaging in the creative process. For teachers, using these understandings to underpin their pedagogies can promote metacognitive awareness and experimentation, and also provide teachers with a framework for assessing students’ creative processes.

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ID Code: 61720
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: adolescents, approaches to creativity, creative process, creativity, creativity education, student creativity
DOI: 10.1016/j.tsc.2013.05.002
ISSN: 1871-1871
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 07 Aug 2013 22:23
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2015 19:24

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