Creativity Research & Innovation in Gifted Education: Social, Individual, and Educational Perspective

The 1st Thematic ECHA Conference entitled Creativity Research & Innovation in Gifted Education: Social, Individual, and Educational Perspective will be held from 16th to 18th October 2019, in the beautiful historic city of Dubrovnik, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, on the Croatian Adriatic coast. The central focus of this conference is the relevance of creativity study approaches for giftedness theory, research, and everyday practice in gifted education.

The specific theme of the conference is creativity. The scientific studies of creativity, its relationship with innovation, and with the established field of giftedness studies, are of crucial importance to gifted education and talent support due to the explicitly stated national and international educational objectives specifying creativity as the 21st-century skill to be fully developed in all. In order to more adaptively respond to the needs of our communities to educate and support the members to display socially productive creative behaviors and innovation in all walks of life, the findings on creativity must be communicated to the public. This conference aims to provide valuable thematically focused research insights on creativity as the most important topic in the education of the gifted.

Three connected conference sub-themes will cover the broad social, individual, and the educational perspective of creativity, in order to provide insight and promote research and best practice based innovations in gifted education. We are interested in your experiences regarding initiation, implementation and continuing significant and sustainable changes in gifted education.

Subthemes

Social perspective and creativity

The social perspective of creativity research and innovation in gifted education broadly refers to research on social and environmental processes and influences on creativity, such as ecological, familial, work and organizational, political, and cultural processes and influences on creativity, including educational and other paradigms and the following conceptualization and provision, networking, and sharing of innovations in the gifted education. How can we use the social perspectives on creativity to improve the gifted education?

Individual perspective and creativity

The individual perspective of creativity research and innovation in gifted education broadly refers to research on lifelong developmental trends and influences on creativity, the cognitive, affective, motivational, and the social characteristics of the creative individual as evident in the personality and cognition, and health and clinical research, including research on special populations, as well as evaluation and measurement, identification, enhancement, and the fulfillment of the creative potential. How can we use this line of creativity research to improve the gifted education?

Educational perspective and creativity

The educational perspective of creativity research and innovation in gifted education broadly refers to research on the learning environment and psychoeducational processes and their influences on creativity via theoretical and the administrative gifted education models. The theory and the nature of creativity, and its relationship with giftedness and gifted education invite to research on curricular reform, curriculum planning, and development including content, process, and product modifications, as well as administrative procedures of grouping, enrichment, and the acceleration in gifted education. How can we foster the student creativity in gifted education?