On the relationship between cultural diversity and creativity in education:the moderating role of communal versus divisional mindset

Vezzali, Loris, Goclowska, Malgorzata, Crisp, Richard and Stathi, Sofia (2016). On the relationship between cultural diversity and creativity in education:the moderating role of communal versus divisional mindset. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 21 , 152–157.

Abstract

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.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tsc.2016.07.001
Divisions: Aston Business School
Additional Information: © 2016, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Uncontrolled Keywords: flexible thinking,creativity,cultural diversity,intergroup contact,intergroup processes,diversity climate,diversity in education,Education
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Published Date: 2016-09
Authors: Vezzali, Loris
Goclowska, Malgorzata
Crisp, Richard
Stathi, Sofia

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