The Gifted Child Video : What Makes A Creative Person?

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Creativity can be a difficult trait to quantify and agree on, due to varying opinions on what makes a creative person. Psychologists, scientists, and educators have spent their careers studying, developing tests, and defining creativity in an effort to give us quality information on creative giftedness. There has been a growing and evolving definition of creativity, where intelligent (convergent) and creative (divergent) thinking are considered to work together, since J.P. Guilford began his work (Treffinger, 2004, p. xxiii). Due to the continued misunderstandings of the general population, the needs of creative students are still unmet in the typical education system. This is easiest proven by the simple fact that we are still having the…show more content…
First, creatively gifted people have an interest in being creative, they use nontraditional thought and show originality when looking at a situation or solving problems. Second, embracing their ability and natural tendency to nontraditional thought they are flexible and successful in varying situations. Third, their flexibility and nontraditional thought allows them to be sensitive to their environment and the people around them, typically making them aware of their differences from their peers, which can sometimes lead to feelings of isolation. These are some of the characteristics that can help educators appropriately identify creatively gifted students. There are many factors that can lead to students ability and skills in creativity, such as genetics and environment. There have been indicators that the environmental factors can influence a child’s creative abilities(Treffinger, 2004, p. 51-55) . For example, a child whose family has little transportation opportunities would have fewer experiences to pull from for abstract thought, than say a child whose family regularly attends concerts, the theater, or art museums. Another, example would be a student whose family is highly organized and scheduled, allowing little time to play versus a child whose family views unstructured time as valuable as a little league
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