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Gifted: Theory and Development of Creativity


Explore creativity as it pertains to giftedness. Investigate methods for teaching creative attitudes and encouraging creative thinking across various disciplines.

Learning Objectives

The following topics align with the Florida K-12 Gifted Endorsement, Florida Department of Education Board Rule 6A-4.01791, and the 2019 Pre-K-Grade 12 Gifted Programming Standards from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). The standards are endorsed by the Association for the Gifted of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). The codes in parentheses reference the NAGC-CEC Teacher Preparation Standards in Gifted and Talented Education (12/2013).

Topic 1: Valuing Creativity

  • Describe the importance, implications, and benefits of creative thinking for students in today's schools and for society. (GT1.1, GT1.2, GT2.1-GT2.4)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how creative thinking can be used to address problems in society. (GT5.4)
  • Describe the impact of creativity on personal growth and self-actualization. (GT1.1, GT1.2, GT2.1-GT2.4, GT4.5)

Topic 2: Defining Creativity

  • Compare and contrast several definitions of creativity, including a personal definition, and explain why a single definition has not been universally accepted. (GT1.2, GT5.1)
  • Review research in the field of creativity and apply it to a classroom setting. (GT1.2, GT5.1)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the elements of creative thinking (e.g. fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration). (GT1.2, GT5.1)
  • Identify cognitive and personal characteristics associated with creativity across cultures and throughout time using contemporary and historical examples. (GT1.2, GT2.1, GT5.1)

Topic 3: Developing and Nurturing Creativity

  • Identify specific personal, developmental, socio-cultural and educational experiences and opportunities that facilitate and those that inhibit the development of creativity and its expression. (GT2.1, GT2.2, GT2.4)
  • Recognize ways to establish a classroom environment that fosters the development and expression of creativity. (GT2.1-GT2.4)
  • Plan appropriate teaching strategies and groupings that support the development and expression of creative abilities. (GT5.1, GT5.5)
  • Investigate tools and programs (e.g., Odyssey of the Mind, Future Problem Solving, Invent America) for generating ideas, focusing thought, and fostering creativity. (GT5.1-GT5.5)
  • Develop instructional plans to integrate creativity within and across the content areas focusing on process and product. (GT5.2, GT5.4, GT5.5)

Topic 4: Measuring Creativity and Assessing Creative Outcomes

  • Understand the role of assessment of creativity and the use of tests and inventories. (GT4.1-GT4.5)
  • Describe, compare, and evaluate different instruments for measuring creativity. (GT4.1-GT4.5)
  • Examine the role of assessment, including portfolio development, in the evaluation of creative processes and products. (GT4.1-GT4.5)
  • Describe traits and appropriate criteria used to assess creative outcomes and products. (GT4.1-GT4.5)

Topic 5: Personalization and Commitment of Creativity

  • Explore and analyze the ethical issues surrounding creativity. (GT6.1)
  • Design and implement a personal plan for establishing a classroom environment to nurture and develop creativity. (GT2.1, GT2.2)
  • Evaluate personal and student creativity development and monitor success in applying creativity strategies to real problems and challenges. (GT4.4, GT4.5)

Documentation Methods

Participants must document their learning by completing the following summatives.

1 Multiple Choice Exam - Learner demonstrates knowledge of content by selecting the correct answer from the choices provided.
9 Reflections - Learner synthesizes previous knowledge and course content in order to develop a narrative response.

The summatives must meet 80% of the established criteria.

Project Team


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Course Last Updated: 2022