Promoting creativity

Alice McGonigle, Education in the North

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Many teachers and parents will readily testify that children and young people are 'always creating' but such comments are usually sarcastic or ironic. They do, however, lead to an interesting debate about what is meant by creativity, what influences the ability to be creative and how these skills may be developed and nurtured. Chambers Dictionary defines ’creative1 as (1) having or showing the ability to create; (2) inventive or imaginative. These definitions acknowledge the universally accepted view of creativity but also take it further. For most people, creativity is associated with artistic ability in areas of music, art and drama but, while these are significant means of expressing talent or ability, the concept of creativity should not be confined to these fields.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEducation in the North
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2007


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