Theories of Creativity

Ronald A. Beghetto, James C. Kaufman

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There are a number of thoughtful, well-developed theories of creativity. These theories can be categorized in several ways, and we use the following four categories in this chapter: Who is creative - theories that clarify what it takes to be creative as well as the developmental trajectory of creativity; how we’re creative - theories that describe the factors and processes that lead to creative outcomes; why we’re creative - theories that explain reasons why people engage in creative thinking and action; and what is creative - theories that describe different types of creativity and what counts as creative in and across different domains.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCreativity and Innovation
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Research, and Practice, Second Edition
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781000498509
ISBN (Print)9781032204635
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Psychology(all)


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