#Change11 #CCK12 Creative Learning and Creative Learning Theory

What is creativity?

This slideshare summarizes some thoughts about creativity:

In this article by Mihaly, Creativity consists of 3 main components:

1. Domain – which consists of a set of symbolic rules and procedures.

2. Field – which includes all the individuals who act as gatekeepers to the domain.

3. Individual – who using symbols of a given domain, comes up with a new idea or sees a new pattern.  His or her thoughts or actions change a domain, or establish a new domain.  There are lots of individuals who are well known to us – like Albert Einstein, and Issac Newton in Science, and Pablo Picasso in Arts.

There are certain claims by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi that stimulates me to reflect on my perceptions and experience about creativity:

– How creative great scientists eventually became bears little relationship to how talented they were as children. This is especially true for great scientists like Albert Einstein, and Issac Newton.

– What makes creative people different from others is complexity.  This is an interesting claim.

– Low intelligence can undermine creativity.

– Being intellectually brilliant can also be detrimental to creativity.

What is creative Learning? Steve Wheeler provides an excellent presentation here.

Can Only Intelligent People be Creative? Kyung concludes:

The negligible relationship between creativity and IQ scores indicates that even students with low IQ scores can be creative.  Therefore, teachers should be aware of characteristics of creative students- this will enable teachers to see the potential of each child.

In this “What sort of  Creativity support tools are useful in the development creativity skills?” the design principles for creativity support tools include:

– Support exploratory search

– Enable collaboration

– Provide rich history keeping

– Design with low thresholds, high ceilings and wide walls

These principles could then be further researched through application in the social media.

What is a theory of Creativity?

When it comes to theory of creativity, this  Idea Generation in Groups: A Basis for Creativity in Organizations provide a grounded framework.

As highlighted by  Toward a Theory of Organisation Creativity, to understand creativity in a social context necessitates an exploration of creative processes, creative products, creative persons, and creative situations.  A useful theory of organizational creativity must provide a framework of sufficient complexity and richness to integrate these four components.

This Creative synthesis further reinforces the importance of creativity.

How would creativity relates to Complex adaptive system?  

In this “A meta-analysis of 25 years of mood-creativity research: Hedonic tone, activation, or regulatory focus?” Activating mood states produce more creativity than deactivity mood states, and there were strong indications that this is particularly the case when mood states were associated with a promotion rather than a prevention focus.  Bass et. al. (2008) suggested to frame the task as enjoyable and interesting to do.  Also anger and happiness should be cherished, and sadness and relaxation should be frowned upon.

Creative Learning Theory

I am still formulating the principles and model of this Creative Learning Theory

I would explore these with others through this exciting MOOC on Creativity.


Baas, Matthijs; De Dreu, Carsten K. W.; Nijstad, Bernard A. (November 2008). “A meta-analysis of 25 years of mood-creativity research: Hedonic tone, activation, or regulatory focus?”Psychological Bulletin 134 (6): 779–806. doi:10.1037/a0012815.PMID 18954157.

Kim, K.H. (2005). Can Only Intelligent People be Creative? – A Meta Analysis. The Journal of Secondary Gifted Education. Vol XVI, No. 2/3 Winter/Spring 2005, pp.  57-66


Csikszentmihalyi, M. Creativity – Flow and the psychology of discovery and invention. Creativity

Idea Generation in Groups: A Basis for Creativity in Organizations