Differences in creativity across art and STEM Students: We are more alike than unalike

Kim van Broekhoven*, David Cropley, Philipp Seegers

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Abstract

The aim of the present research is to investigate creativity differences, and the magnitude and nature of those differences, among university students. More specifically, we examined differences in creativity within and between: (a) General Thematic Areas (Art and Science); (b) Specific Science domains (STEM), and; (c) Engineering micro-domains, for a total of 2,277 undergraduate students in German tertiary institutions. The results showed many statistically significant, but uniformly small, differences at all levels, across a range of Person, Process and Product variables. The pattern of results suggests that Openness, Creative Self-Efficacy and Divergent Thinking may be general pre-requisites for creativity. In contrast, the way that characteristics of creative products (e.g. originality) are perceived appears more complex. This research sheds additional light on long-standing debates regarding domain-generality/specificity and creativity.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100707
Number of pages13
JournalThinking Skills and Creativity
Volume38
Early online date13 Aug 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

Keywords

  • amusement park theory
  • art
  • creativity
  • engineering
  • science
  • BIG
  • Art
  • SELF-EFFICACY
  • Amusement park theory
  • Science
  • BUSINESS
  • MODEL
  • FUTURE
  • Creativity
  • Engineering
  • AESTHETICS
  • PERSONALITY-CHARACTERISTICS

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