Creativity 101

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Springer Publishing Company, 2009 M02 5 - 256 pages
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"...Full of keen and illuminating insight...Written with creative flair and great elegance."

Robert Olen Butler
Author, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
Winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction

"...Witty, charming, and informative...Creativity 101 makes a convincing case for the importance of creativity in society, in our schools, and in our daily lives....And no, we aren't related."

Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD
Author, The Psychology of Creative Writing

"[An] excellent primer or review of what is out there in terms of research, definitions, theoretical considerations, and leading thinkers in the world of creativity."--Gifted and Talented International

What is creativity and how can we measure it? Creativity 101 serves as a brief, engaging introduction to the field of creativity. Dr. Kaufman presents the cutting-edge research and analyzes new and emerging theories in the field. This book investigates the many definitions of creativity, as well as how it is manifested and measured in schools, the workplace, business, art, media, and more.

Key Topics Discussed:
  • The "Four Ps" of creativity: person, product, process, and press
  • How creativity influences personality, motivation, intelligence, and talent
  • The dark side of creativity: the remarkable relationship between creativity and mental illness
  • Emerging directions in creativity research, with discussions on neuroscience, the media, and literature

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James C. Kaufman does a great job at defining what creativity is in society as well as the classroom. In the beginning he does a good job at keeping the readers attention. After a while I feel that the book gets a little redundant. Although it may seem redundant James C. Kaufman is very effective while he has the readers attention. He also brings up a great question in the book: Should creativity be a more important factor when applying to college? 


Chapter 1 Defining Creativity
Chapter 2 Modern Theories of Creativity
Chapter 3 Is Creativity One Thing or Many Things?
Chapter 4 Where Does Creativity Fit In? Personality Motivation and Intelligence
Chapter 5 Does Creativity Have a Dark Side?
Chapter 6 Should Creativity Be Included in School Admissions?
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James C. Kaufman, PhD, is a professor of educational psychology at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. An internationally recognized leader in the field of creativity, he is the author/editor of more than 35 books.

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