- On the relationship between cultural diversity and creativity in education
- The moderating role of communal versus divisional mindset
- Thinking Skills and Creativity
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- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Psychology Research Institute (PsyRes)
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.
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