Is the word "Creativity" biased toward art?

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 by Valery Keibler Latest activity: Aug 18, 2014

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When I have asked students if they were creative, they often reflect on their artistic experiences. When I asked them if they are "original thinkers" they tell me about their thinking in many different subject areas. Do you find that using the word "creativity" has an art bias?

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sandro c mendes

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 1:16 PM - Permalink

I think that art has no creativity. I am a graphic designer and need creativity at all times, otherwise the work will be mediocre!

Bhuvana Sriram

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 2:03 PM - Permalink

I agree with you , most of the time students relate 'creativity' with art.I used to explain the students to think differently to solve a problem while teaching mathematics.

Andrew Kutchera

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 9:52 PM - Permalink

I agree to a certain extent with your question, but I think that a lot of the digital media and entrepreneurship that's going on right now is helping redefine what it means to be creative. Coding can also be a creative act. And starting a business is creative, but it doesn't have the art or design-centric focus.

Derek Cooper

Posted on Jul 27, 2014 6:47 PM - Permalink

I think it can be biased or even cliche'. I think creativity involves an aspect of research, because even the best creative thinkers had people who influenced them. I think too, open thinking involves a unique approach or perception and not just puffed up thoughts of grandeur.

Mary Slumpff

Posted on Jul 26, 2014 9:42 PM - Permalink

I think we have traditionally associated the word creative with the artist. I like the way you were able to use a variation on the theme to get your students to think outside the artistic box.

Julia Heckles

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 8:53 PM - Permalink

I certainly do find that in general the word 'creative' or 'creativity' has an art bias. This narrows and confuses its meaning. For example, the mathematician, if not using a creative approach would be unable break into new ground, old theory needs to be challenged with previously untried theories.

Creative thinking has equal importance in the sciences and the arts. As do the need for rules, discipline, structure and logic apply across sciences and arts. The crux of ingenuity, discovery, problem solving and being at the vanguard of change is in creativity - whatever the field or discipline.

Valery Keibler

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 12:14 PM - Permalink

In Week 4 of the T4T material, there is an interview with Sir Ken Robinson and he also agrees that "creative" has an art overtone. He feels that a person can be creative in all areas of life, but the word is limiting. More evidence that we need to offer many terms to others to connect with the act of making things/thinking about things differently.

Clint Balsar

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 1:59 PM - Permalink

I think you have a valid point. I like the idea of finding additional terms that describe what being creative means. Innovative, Spontaneous, Problem-Solver and the like.

Joseph Walsh

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 7:06 AM - Permalink

I find it has a basis in Originality and Entertaining and Outside the Box thinking.

Eliot Attridge

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 6:43 AM - Permalink

Yes- which is why we should be pushing for creativity being recognised in all subjects (and making it explicit when creativity is involved).

Valery Keibler

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 12:15 PM - Permalink

Agreed. A continual focus on creativity as a component and reflective element in assessments is a great idea!

Derek Cooper

Posted on Jul 27, 2014 6:51 PM - Permalink

I agree the study Creativity and Education: Why it Matters suggests. Creative thinking can apply to so many aspects of life, and as the study suggests, it can apply to many educational subjects. I think creative thinking can change perceptions, and enhance understanding. It can even change the way a person thinks, and interacts with others.

uma ravi

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 8:54 AM - Permalink

Yes I feel the same in my class.If only I say think in your new ways they come out with new ideas

Valery Keibler

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 1:18 PM - Permalink

I will add those words to my list of options...Thanks for sharing!