• David Fontana
Part of the Psychology for Professional Groups book series (PPG)


Creativity is a familiar yet oddly elusive concept. We all think we can recognize creativity in others (and even in ourselves at times), since this is regarded as one of the abilities of the good teacher, but we would probably be hard pressed to advance a definition acceptable to all our colleagues. And we might find some disagreement over whether one can be creative in the sciences as well as in the arts, in the home as well as in the potter’s studio, in bringing up children as well as in writing books. Further disagreement would probably arise if we began to discuss ways of teaching creativity to children, or even whether such teaching is possible; whether in fact creativity can be learnt at all or whether it is a precious gift with which we are born (or not, as the case may be).


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© David Fontana 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Fontana
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Wales College of CardiffUK
  2. 2.University of MinhoPortugal

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