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Creativity is considered a 21st century skill that is important for personal problem solving, career success and societal growth. Several international surveys have indicated that although teachers, administrators, parents and students recognize the need to develop creative thinking, there is a wide gap between general positive attitudes and actual practices. Recent research from international perspectives provides new results. First, there is work on a new creativity assesment tool, Evaluation of Potentiel for Creativity (EPoC), showing that both divergent-exploratory and convergent-integrative thinking can be assessed reliably in several subject domains. Second, studies of teachers show that their attitudes and behaviors may evolve with appropriate training. Research on pedagogical activities to foster creativity illustrates the impact on the development of creativity through school-based training. These pedagogical issues are examined in the general school context and in specific subject domains, such as mathematics. Research from european and Asian teams will be presented.
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