Volume 5, Issue 2 (1976)
The Creative Personality and the Ideal Pupil Revisited
Louise M. Bachtold
More than a decade ago studies reported incongruence between adult concepts of ideal behaviors of children and behaviors which were found to be characteristic of creative persons (Getzels & Jackson, 1962 ; Torrance, 1963). There was considerable evidence that creative personalities tended to be disliked, and the preference for courteous, industrious and obedient behavior over courage seemed more conducive to brainwashing than to creativity. Because teachers and parents both consciously and unconsciously reward behaviors in terms of their own ideals, concern was expressed over the development of creative abilities.
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