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creativity versus imagination

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Sat, 15 Feb 1997 23:35:30 -0500 (EST)

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This may be splitting hairs, but how would one describe the difference
between creativity and imagination? I have experienced a very few students
who are able to "create" with direction, stimulation or suggestions from me,
but left on their own appear absolutely unable to spark their own
imaginations. A blank sheet of paper lies lifeless before them, matching the
blank expression on their faces! These students have varying levels of
mental abilities and some learning disabilities. I believe the imagination
can be affected, but could it even be non-existant in certain situations? Is
a highly creative individual (i.e. a severely mentally retarded child who
delights in painting large swatches of color over and over again) considered
to be also highly imaginative? Is there any documented research that could
be recommended? I would really appreciate anyone's thoughtful perceptions .
. . Thanks!

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