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Some notions of artistic creativity amongst history of art students acquired through incidental learning.

Newton, D.P. and Donkin, H. (2011) 'Some notions of artistic creativity amongst history of art students acquired through incidental learning.', International journal of education through art., 7 (3). pp. 283-298.


In the West, creativity may be admired and valued but what it means can be elusive. Rather than being the subject of discussion in the classroom, meaning generally develops incidentally. We elicited twenty final-year history of art students' beliefs about artistic creativity in England using a questionnaire and interviews. The responses provided qualitative and quantitative data about these students' notions of artistic creativity. Beliefs and clusters of beliefs were identified. Together, these were similar to those of western artists and art academics, but clusters of beliefs showed there were also narrow and deficient notions regarding the product, process and locus of creativity. Teachers in higher education should be aware that students' responses may give the impression that their beliefs about art are sound when, in reality, they are unsound or narrow. This could have implications for employment, especially in a widening global economy.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Undergraduate, Art education, Notions of creativity, Incidental learning.
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Date deposited:13 March 2012
Date of first online publication:October 2011
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