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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 77
Title: The creativity initiative: An interdisciplinary science of creativity and innovation
Lead Author: Sawyer, Keith
Abstract: Our political, scientific, and educational leadership has come to a firm consensus: creativity and innovation are essential to the social and economic future of the United States, particularly in STEM disciplines. But we do not yet have a complete understanding of how to identify and develop creativity. How can we best foster creativity in our countrys K-12 and university students? How can we maximize the nations innovation potential, to result in maximum economic and social benefit? I propose a major interdisciplinary research effort, the creativity initiative, to build on previous research findings in psychology, education, anthropology, economics, organizational behavior, computer science, sociology, and neuroscience. This white paper describes the state of existing scientific knowledge; existing NSF programs related to creativity and innovation; a list of potential interdisciplinary research efforts and how they would build on existing knowledge; and standing questions in the field that the creativity initiative is designed to address.
PDF: Sawyer_Keith_77.pdf

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