Publication details for Professor Richard CrispVezzali, Loris, Goclowska, Malgorzata A., Crisp, Richard J. & 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.
- Publication type: Journal Article
- ISSN/ISBN: 1871-1871
- DOI: 10.1016/j.tsc.2016.07.001
- Further publication details on publisher web site
Author(s) from Durham
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.