Creativity Research & Innovation in Gifted Education:
Social, Individual, and Educational Perspective
The 1st Thematic ECHA Conference entitled Creativity Research & Innovation in Gifted Education: Social, Individual, and Educational Perspective will be held from 16th to 18th October 2019 in the beautiful historic city of Dubrovnik, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, on the Croatian Adriatic coast. The central focus of this conference is the relevance of creativity perspectives and study approaches for giftedness theory, research, and everyday practice in gifted education.
The specific theme of the conference is CREATIVITY. The scientific studies of creativity, its relationship with innovation, and the established field of giftedness studies, are of crucial importance to gifted education and talent support due to the explicitly stated national and international educational objectives specifying creativity as the 21st-century skill to be fully developed in everyone. In order to more adaptively respond to the needs of our communities to educate and support their members to display socially productive creative behaviors and innovation in all walks of life, the findings on creativity must be communicated with the public. This conference aims to provide valuable thematically focused research insights on creativity as the most important topic for the education of the gifted.
It is emerging as a common insight that if we are to preserve the biosphere we have to act now without delay. We have to create more efficiently, with much more modesty, and in full respect of all our resources, including human resources.
Three connected conference sub-themes aim to cover the broad social, individual, and educational perspective of creativity in order to provide insight and promote research, as well as best practice based innovations in gifted education. We are interested in your experiences and research regarding the initiation, implementation and continuation of creative, meaningful, and sustainable advancements in gifted education.
Social perspective and creativity
The social perspective of creativity research and innovation in gifted education broadly refers to research on social and environmental processes and influences on creativity. These may cover ecological, work and organizational, political, religious, familial, and all other cultural processes in given space and time that individually and jointly influence creativity and its embeddedness within evolving giftedness paradigms. The social perspective also includes conceptualisations and provisions for the gifted, including networking and other modes of intra- and intercultural sharing of innovations.
Individual perspective and creativity
The individual perspective of creativity research and innovation in gifted education broadly refers to research on lifelong developmental trends and influences on creativity, the cognitive, affective, motivational, and social characteristics of a creative individual as evident in their personality and cognition, health and clinical research, including research on special populations, as well as the evaluation and measurement, identification, enhancement, and fulfillment of the creative potential.
Educational perspective and creativity
The educational perspective of creativity research and innovation in gifted education broadly refers to research on learning environments and psychoeducational processes and their influences on creativity via theoretical and administrative gifted education models and practices. The theory of creativity and the nature of creativity, and its relationship with giftedness and gifted education invite us to present research on curricular creation and reform, curriculum planning and development, including content, process, and product modifications, as well as administrative educational procedures of grouping, enrichment, and the acceleration in gifted education, and how they relate to creativity.