Everyday, college students are expected to approach problems with a certain amount of creativity. Classmates that have the most creative projects get the best grades and people with creative problem-solving skills are considered the most hirable. So now everyone wants to use a Prezi presentation instead of a bland PowerPoint for extra brownie points. But really: have we lost touch with creativity?
This study was done by Project Zero, a group at Harvard that focuses on improving education in the arts. Davis, a one-time doctoral student at Harvard, recently published a book in conjunction with her professor, Howard Gardner, called The App Generation, which focuses on the impact of digital media on teens living in America today. The creativity study added to the book’s ‘imagination’ section, and the study will be published as a scientific article in January.
"We all have a real interest in understanding the lives of contemporary young people, like the changes in society and technology and what they mean for young people today,” said Weinstein. “We started wondering specifically about creativity and creative expression.”