Exploring "MINI-C": Creativity across cultures

James C. Kaufman, Ronald A. Beghetto

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How do we begin to discuss creativity across different cultures? The first essential question is to determine exactly what we mean by "creativity." A false dichotomy between eminent and everyday creativity is found across many cultures. We propose a new concept, mini-c, defined as the novel and personally meaningful interpretation of experiences, actions and events. We then discuss how cross-cultural approaches to creativity are more complex than simply being individualist versus collectivist. Finally, we discuss how mini-c can impact teachers' negative perceptions of creativity found across cultures around the world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEducation for Innovation
Subtitle of host publicationImplications for India, China and America
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9789087902858
ISBN (Print)9789087902841
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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