Domain Specificity of Creativity

Domain Specificity of Creativity

1st Edition - November 6, 2015

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  • Author: John Baer
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780127999623
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128002896

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Recent research findings have challenged the idea that creativity is domain-general.  Domain Specificity of Creativity brings together the research information on domain specificity in creativity -- both the research that supports it and answers to research arguments that might seem to challenge it.  The implications for domain specificity affect how we move forward with theories of creativity, testing for creativity, and teaching for creativity.  The book outlines what these changes are and how creativity research and applications of that research will change in light of these new findings.

Key Features

  • Summarizes research regarding domain specificity in creativity
  • Outlines implications of these findings for creativity theory, testing, and teaching
  • Identifies unanswered questions and new research opportunities


Psych researchers in creativity/personality, also cognitive psych, social psych, educational psych

Table of Contents

  • Foreword

    Chapter 1: Domain Specificity: Introduction and Overview

    • Abstract
    • How is Creativity Measured?

    Chapter 2: Research Evidence for Domain Specificity

    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • What Domain Generality and Domain Specificity Predict
    • What Cross-Domain Creativity Assessments Show
    • Validity Check Interlude
    • Summary of What Assessments of Actual Creative Products Tell Us About Domain Generality
    • Evidence for Domain Generality
    • False Evidence: Why the Existence of Polymaths Cannot Help Resolve the Generality/Specificity Question
    • What Can We Conclude?

    Chapter 3: Implications of Domain Specificity for Creativity Theory

    • Abstract

    Chapter 4: Implications of Domain Specificity for Creativity Research

    • Abstract

    Chapter 5: Implications of Domain Specificity for Creativity Assessment

    • Abstract
    • Guilford’s Structure of the Intellect Model and Tests of Divergent Thinking
    • Validity of Tests of Divergent Thinking
    • The Future of Divergent-Thinking Tests
    • Self-Report Measures of Creativity
    • Assessment of Actual Creative Performance
    • The Remote Associates Test
    • The Future of Creativity Assessment

    Chapter 6: Implications of Domain Specificity for Creativity Training

    • Abstract

    Chapter 7: Finding Common Ground: The APT Model of Creativity and Metatheoretical Approaches to Understanding Creativity

    • Abstract
    • Composite Theories
    • Metatheories
    • Conclusions


    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 204
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2015
  • Published: November 6, 2015
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780127999623
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128002896

About the Author

John Baer

Dr. John Baer is a Professor of Educational Psychology at Rider University. He earned his B.A. from Yale University (double major, psychology and Japanese Studies, magna cum laude) and his Ph.D. in cognitive and developmental psychology from Rutgers University.

His research on the development of creativity and his teaching have both won national awards, including the American Psychological Association's Berlyne Prize and the National Conference on College Teaching and Learning’s Award for Innovative Excellence. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Creative Behavior; Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts; and the International Journal of Creativity and Problem Solving.

His books include Being Creative Inside and Outside the Classroom; Creativity and Divergent Thinking: A Task-Specific Approach; Creative Teachers, Creative Students; Creativity Across Domains: Faces of the Muse; Reason and Creativity in Development; Are We Free? Psychology and Free Will; Essentials of Creativity Assessment; Creatively Gifted Students Are Not Like Other Gifted Students; and Teaching for Creativity in the Common Core Classroom. He has published more than one hundred journal articles, research papers and chapters for edited books.

Dr. Baer has taught at all levels from elementary through graduate school. He has been a teacher and program director in gifted education and served as a Regional Director in the Odyssey of the Mind creative problem solving program. Dr. Baer is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and he has received research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Educational Testing Service, the National Center for Educational Statistics, the Carnegie Foundation, and Yale, Rutgers, and Rider Universities.

Affiliations and Expertise

Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ, USA

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