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[ Volume 24 Number 2 October 2014 ]
   
   Fighting the Slump: A Multi-Faceted Exercise For Fostering Creativity in Children
  David H Cropley
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Abstract :
Declining creativity test scores (Kim, 2011) have renewed interest in mechanisms to stimulate and foster creativity both at home and in schools. There are many comprehensive discussions of the factors that must be addressed to develop the “habit” (Sternberg, 2007) of creativity. However, parents and teachers may struggle in turning these descriptive guidelines into practical action. To assist in fighting the slump in creativity scores, especially among young children, parents and teachers may benefit from a combination of: (a) general explanatory guidelines that outline the principles of fostering creativity (WHAT?) and, (b) specific implementation guidelines that detail the creation of practical activities to achieve the desired outcome (HOW?). A creative problem-solving exercise described in this paper and serves as an example of how to translate the explanatory guidelines into concrete action. The exercise addresses each of Sternberg’s (2007) “12 keys for developing the creativity habit in children” (p.8) in a manner that can be replicated or applied to new problems. The study described also presents statistical evidence from a small-scale, pilot study to support the hypothesis that the exercise can lead to an increase in measured creativity in participants.

Key words : Creativity, Creative habit, Problem solving, Creativity tests

   

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