A more useful way of defining creativity

Contributor: Norman Jackson @lifewider1

Idea: The idea that creativity is the production of something novel/original can be a real turn off for most people. Erica McWilliam proposes a new definition that is much more user friendly. Creativity is often the result of making a third ‘thing’ from two existing things or ideas, rather than making something from nothing.

When confronted with a problem in any subject simply challenging learners to connect two seemingly unconnected things to come up with a potential solution can stimulate generative thinking. This is the basis for many design thinking exercises.

For classroom examples see www.creativeacademic.uk/resources (opens new window)

Reference: McWilliam E (2016) Two cheers for STEM three cheers for creativity



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