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On the relationship between cultural diversity and creativity in education: The moderating role of communal versus divisional mindset

On the relationship between cultural diversity and creativity in education: The moderating role of communal versus divisional mindset

Vezzali, Loris, Gocłowska, Małgorzata A., Crisp, Richard J. and Stathi, Sofia (2016) On the relationship between cultural diversity and creativity in education: The moderating role of communal versus divisional mindset. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 21. pp. 152-157. ISSN 1871-1871 (Print), 1878-0423 (Online) (doi:10.1016/j.tsc.2016.07.001)

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Abstract

We conducted an experimental study with the aim of testing certain conditions under which engaging with cultural diversity increases creativity among schoolchildren. Results obtained from a sample of 149 Italian elementary schoolchildren revealed that engaging with cultural diversity, operationalized by asking Italian children to work with immigrant children on a cooperative task, led to an increase in creativity. Furthermore, we found that this effect was only present when a communal but not a divisional mindset (emphasizing group distinctions) was present. We discuss theoretical and practical implications of findings.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Flexible thinking; Creativity; Cultural diversity; Intergroup contact; Intergroup processes
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Applied Psychology Research Group
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2018 12:41
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: GREAT c
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/16893

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