Ninety-nine per cent of education policymakers in the world think that creativity is about solving a problem or finding the correct answer.  But that is a skewed understanding, says development psychologist Howard Gardner, whose book on multiple intelligences (1983) changed the field of intelligence studies.

Taking alone time to reflect, experiment and frame answers is the key to creative intelligence, he contends.

Gardner is urging Indian and Chinese teachers, and those with education systems that prize correct answers above reflective experimentation, to emulate American peers who “spend a lot of time on probing the wrong answers given by their students.

“Kids often have a very good rationale behind the wrong answers they give,” he said, and often will come up with right ones unaided if left to do so. “It’s important that we create an atmosphere in which it is OK to ask new questions and make mistakes.”

A person can be creatively gifted in many different ways, Howard suggests, citing the examples of Einstein, TS Eliot, Martha Graham, Sigmund Freud and Mahatma Gandhi, among others.

The only attribute that all creative people share, he concluded, is a large capacity to be alone.

Dr Gardner, was speaking in Bangalore as part of his India Tour 2012.  Full story: HERE

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