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

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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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2016-09
Published Online Date: 2016-07-18
Accepted Date: 2016-07-16
Submitted Date: 2016-02-17
Authors: Vezzali, Loris
Goclowska, Malgorzata
Crisp, Richard
Stathi, Sofia

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