Creativity is more than an individual phenomenon and must be seen in relation to the people and types of information that comprise an individual's context. The creative adolescent emerges from a sociocultural context. In high school, for example, an adolescent's creativity is related to the judgments of significant others (e.g., teachers) and the nature of the particular subject under study (e.g., arts vs. sciences). Individual differences are also important. Several theories of creativity suggest that adolescents are more likely to be creative if they are able to combine openness to immediate experience with disciplined thought. This affective – cognitive combination is associated with eminent, creative adults as well as talented and creative adolescents.

The Creative Adolescent in Context

A systems theory perspective views creativity as a process ...

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