The Nature of creative giftedness and talent

Authored by: Todd Lubart , Asta Georgsdottir , Maud Besançon

The Routledge International Companion to Gifted Education

Print publication date:  September  2008
Online publication date:  February  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415461368
eBook ISBN: 9780203609385
Adobe ISBN: 9781136028786

10.4324/9780203609385.ch6

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Abstract

The first studies of giftedness, such as Terman’s (1925) investigation, focused on intelligence test scores (IQ) as the main criterion. However, a number of recent theories have suggested that giftedness should not be limited to traditional conceptions of intelligence and have highlighted creativity as an important dimension. In this chapter, the notion of creative giftedness is examined. First, creativity is defined and some current measures are described. Second, the main components of creativity and their development are outlined. Third, the role of creativity in the education of the gifted is discussed. Fourth, we suggest some studies that should be done during the next ten years in order to assist in identification of the creatively gifted.

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