What contributes to the loss of creativity in children and how can educators counteract that loss?





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My research and ensuing capstone were the outcome of a conversation with a parent in one of my classes. I questioned why children are so free to be creative and express themselves when young, and what happens to their creative spirit and abilities as they progress in age and school. For the purpose of my research I defined creativity as: novel and appropriate behavior (Amabile, 1989) and imaginative activity and possibility thinking fashioned so as to produce outcomes that are both original and of value (Craft, 2000). I collected data using a questionnaire with high school and college students and focus groups with high school students and early childhood educators. I was able to make some conclusions both from the readings and my research that shed light on creativity.

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