In a recent study on the relationship between creativity and education, Adobe interviewed 1,000 Americans ages 25 and up who were college-educated and working full-time. The questions asked were used to gauge what people thought about creativity and how important it was in their academic and professional lives. Here are some interesting findings:
- People most associate creative thinking with “thinking out of the box” or “ability to come up with innovative ideas”.
- Most people agree that creativity is valuable to society and contributes to economic growth.
- Not everyone thinks that creativity is a skill that can be learned. A lot of people still consider it an innate talent.
- In education, science and math score highly as courses that contribute to creative thinking.
- A majority of people think that managing people within companies requires more creativity than working with external clients.
- After intelligence and personability, creativity is the third most important trait to career success.