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R. Keith Sawyer, Vera John-Steiner, Seana Moran, Robert J Sternberg, David Henry Feldman, Jeanne Nakamura, and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195149005

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149005.001.0001

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The Development of Creativity as a Decision-Making Process

The Development of Creativity as a Decision-Making Process

(p.91) Chapter Three The Development of Creativity as a Decision-Making Process
Creativity and Development

R. Keith Sawyer

Vera John-Steiner

Seana Moran

Robert J. Sternberg

David Henry Feldman

Jeanne Nakamura

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Oxford University Press

Creativity is viewed to be a decision-making process of bringing something novel into actuality. The next questions are about how this procedure takes place and what end products it produces. Such inquiries are responded to accordingly in three parts. After reviewing alternative perspectives on addressing the development of creativity in the beginning of the section, the author presents his own interpretation of the issue using the investment theory, which asserts that individuals choose to offer a diversified and unique set of ideas to encourage others toward acceptance of the trendy stuff. The choice to become creative can be exhibited in eight ways, as recommended by the propulsion theory in the second portion of the chapter. The last part is devoted to a discussion of the ways in which to employ the things in mind.

Keywords:   creativity, actualization, decision-making process, investment theory, propulsion theory

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