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In order to redefine creativity we need to analyze and understand definitions, collocations, and consequences of creativity. We reviewed 42 explicit definitions and 120 collocations of creativity. The thematic analysis of our data reveals that the vast majority of creativity definitions do not emphasize the positive/negative aspects of the concept.

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We present an in-depth analysis and synthesis of creativity definitions and collocations also discussing the dark side of creativity. We propose a comprehensive definition of creativity in an educationa context and a three-dimensional analytical framework for investigating its consequences, positive and/or negative.


I hope this article will contribute to the more comprehensive research on the consequences of creativity, positive and/or negative.

Panagiotis Kampylis
European Commission, Joint Research Centre

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This page is a summary of: Redefining Creativity - Analyzing Definitions, Collocations, and Consequences, The Journal of Creative Behavior, September 2010, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/j.2162-6057.2010.tb01333.x.
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