Behaving Creatively: An Exploration of the Enabling Behaviors that Can Enhance the Creative Journey

By John Brian Power.

Published by The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities

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Published online: May 20, 2014 $US5.00

There is nothing mystical about creativity. Although the creative process may have moments and elements of ‘magic,’ it is grounded in systematic and deductive reasoning; the accrual of skills combining old knowledge and new knowledge to make original connections in under-explored domains. The more skills, knowledge, and ideas a learner has, and the greater the persistence with which they are applied in areas of opportunity, the better the chance of creative realization. Therefore, the encouragement and development of appropriate enabling behaviors are integral to learners realizing and applying their creative abilities. This paper proposes six enabling behaviors which can be instrumental to the creative process: curiosity, possibility thinking, goal setting, perseverance, reflection, and expression. The author’s experience of promoting these behaviors in the classroom context, both explicitly and implicitly, are outlined and recorded.

Keywords: Enabling Behaviors, Curiosity, Possibility Thinking, Goal Setting, Perseverance, Reflection, Expression

International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities, Volume 20, Issue 3, May 2014, pp.45-56. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 20, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 372.726KB)).

John Brian Power

Lecturer, Humanities, Mahidol University International College, Bangkok, bangkok, Thailand

John Brian Power has been a lecturer in English and Business Administration at Mahidol University International College in Thailand since 2008. Previously he worked for the British Council as a teacher, IELTS examinations supervisor, IELTS examiner trainer, and teaching centre manager in Saudi Arabia, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia and China. He has published papers on the subjects of reflective journals and study behaviors. He has written a book on IELTS preparation, which is published and distributed in Thailand.