Does Studying the Arts Engender Creative Thinking? Evidence for Near but Not Far Transfer

September 1st, 2000 | RESEARCH

The authors seek to investigate whether studying the arts makes people more creative, and by extension, whether studying the arts builds creative thinking skills that can be deployed outside the arts. They do so through a series of meta-analyses examining existing literature, and find that the presence of an association between studying the arts and creative thinking depends on experimental design and the form of creativity measured.


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Team Members

Erik Moga, Author
Kristin Burger, Author
Lois Hetland, Author
Ellen Winner, Author, Boston University


Identifier Type: issn
Identifier: 0021-8510

Publication: Journal of Aesthetic Education
Volume: 34
Number: 3-4
Page(s): 91

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Audience: Educators | Teachers | Scientists
Discipline: Art | music | theater | Education and learning science | Health and medicine | Social science and psychology
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Informal | Formal Connections | Public Programs