Many North American theorists conceptualize expertise as a precondition for creativity, arguing that to be truly creative, one must master a field to make unique and remarkable contributions to advance it. This position reveals inherent assumptions about the nature of creativity, reflecting the themes of “eminence” and “unique in all the world” found in the literature. This entry begins by defining expertise and then explores its relationship to creativity and giftedness.

What is Expertise?

Experts are individuals who have worked for a decade within a specific domain and have achieved high levels of competence, irrespective of their novel contributions. It is assumed that after a decade, one has mastered the skills and knowledge needed to perform at the domain's highest levels. Expertise involves the acquisition, storage, and ...

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