By Christine Lee
"We are in the midst of a research-for-publication movement in post-secondary education institutions which is stifling the channels of creative thinking. It may be ironic then, that embedded in the mission statements of universities and business sectors across the nation, calls for innovative, original, and creative individuals are inescapable. Unfortunately, the external demands of graduate school (e.g., meeting deadlines, producing a flow of publishable work) risk quashing the powerful intrinsic motivators that lead to creative output.
"Popular ideas surrounding the construct of creativity often isolate creativity to the arts (e.g., painting, dance, culinary), and being creative is often not a characteristic attributed to academic scholars. By contrast, the psychology of creativity literature presents a broader definition of creativity as a blend of personal and environmental factors that result in something new and of practical use. Further, creativity is argued to be an ability that can be expressed by any individual in a wide range of domains, and the realization of creative potential is believed to be a result of complex interactions between forces of nature and nurture. In sum, research supports the view that creative potential exists in everyone. In the following section, a blueprint for promoting the manifestation of creativity during graduate school is presented."
Via #creativity Daily