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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Guidelines for a Creativity Training Program

Here are some guidelines for designing a creativity training program. The program should:
  • Be easy to disseminate to the creativity-challenged (e.g. inexpensive, any-time access)
  • Teach a collective group of skills beneficial across all fields (domain general). There could be components of a modified program that would be domain specific
  • Use divergent and convergent skills in conjunction with each other
  • Teach creative thinking heuristics
  • Teach problem-solving skills and tolerance for mistakes or unexpected results
  • Encourage the development of conditions where creative solutions can be achieved, for example, serendipity, a stimulating environment
  • Build support systems that do not emphasize extrinsic rewards
  • Use repetition of skills so that they become automatic and are incorporated into a normal daily routine