Blog 4: The barriers to Creative learning

Where does creativity fit in HE? I think that many of the barriers highlighted in this blog apply to HE as well as primary & secondary education.

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For the next four blogs, we are required to focus on a topic.  The topic I shall be focusing on is creativity, the many areas within creativity and how these can be addressed to both psychology and education.

Creativity is so wide-spread that research has suggested there are many definitions; one of which Amabile describes as the ability to think outside the box, to be imaginative and derive unique ideas. The ability to be creative is a result of many aspects of psychology, one of which being cognitive abilities.  The Creative Cognition approach concentrates on the cognitive abilities underlying creative thinking; in order to enhance creative thinking, one must use cognitive methods.  Similarly, Simonton argues that the Creative Cognition approach results in individuals applying their mental creativity to various cognitive approaches; which suggests creativity is applicable to anyone.  Why is it, then, that creativity is not a vital teaching mechanism within…

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