Creativity: Sophisticated, Not Simplistic
As humans, we often place ourselves into one of two categories when it comes to creativity. We either deem ourselves as being a creative person or not. If you consider yourself a creative person, can you articulate why you placed yourself into that category? If you do not consider yourself to be creative, why not? According to Graham Wallas, â€œthe mechanism of creativity is a complex machine of innumerable, perpetually moving partsâ€ (Popova, n.d.). Thus, it is important for us to move away from seeing creativity as a simplistic notion, and instead begin to understand each of the moving parts.
The purpose of this activity is to delve deeper into creativity and answer the following questions:
- What does a creative person look like?
- What are the processes used by creative people?
Can creativity be developed?
Iterative Model of Whole Brain Creativity text alternative
- Read the article The Art of Thought: A Pioneering 1926 Model of the Four Stages of Creativity – https://www.brainpickings.org/2013/08/28/the-art-of-thought-graham-wallas-stages/
- Read Chapter 2 in the course text, Beghetto, R. and Kaufman, J. (2017). Theories of Creativity. In J. A. Plucker (Ed.). Creativity and Innovation: Theory, Research, and Practice (p. 35-47). Waco, TX: Prufrock Press. (Will be uploaded)
- Read Chapter 5 in the course text, Sifonis, C. and Ward, T. (2017). Cognition and Creative Thought. In J. Plucker (Ed.), Creativity and Innovation: Theory, Research, and Practice (pp. 91-110). Waco, TX: Prufrock Press. (Will be uploaded)
- Read Hot Topic #2 in the course text, Runco, M. A. (2017). The dark side of creativity? In J. A. Plucker (Ed.), Creativity and innovation: Theory, research, and practice (p. 49-60). Waco, TX: Prufrock Press. (Will be uploaded)
- Watch the video The surprising habits of original thinkers – https://www.ted.com/talks/adam_grant_the_surprising_habits_of_original_thinkers
For this discussion, you may choose to share your response to the below prompt via the Canvas video tool in the discussion forum toolbar.
- Summarize in your own words Graham Wallasâ€™ four stages of creativity (preparation, incubation, illumination, and verification).
- Identify at least one example that illustrates each of the four stages. Your example(s) must be specific to a problem that had to be worked through, and must be explained in-depth.
- Construct your answers to the above questions (What does a creative person look like? What are the creative processes used by creative people? Can creativity be developed?).