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For years, many educators have expressed an interest m, a concern for, and recognized a need for research in the area of creativity. Indeed, even those not associated with the field of education have shown concern for the nurturance of creativity in children. Starkweather (1971) quotes the following: "The best plaything for a child is not a splendid and complex rattletrap, but some simple and rough thing which may be applied to various uses and purposes, and aid to stimulate invention and contrivance" (Godey's Lady's Book, 1859). To study creativity, then, educators must integrate creativity theory and testing with child development theory to discover ways to determine which children are indeed creative. More important, they must develop an awareness of practical methods that can be implemented to nurture and enhance creative potential, for "all persons possess creative ability" (Guilford, 1950, p. 446).

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Charles R. May


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