Creative Thinking as a Predictor of Creative Problem Solving in Architectural Design Students

Hernan Casakin, Nitza Davidovitch, Roberta M. Milgram

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Abstract

The findings demonstrated that creative thinking, operationally defined as the cognitive ability to generate a large number of original ideas/solutions predicted creative thinking in solving problems in architecture. Research participants were 111 students of architectural design. A strong correlation was found between the predictor and criterion measures, r = .45, p < .001. Creative problem solving in architectural design was more highly correlated with the verbal than with the figural component of the creative thinking measure, r = .51, p < .001 and r = .31, p < .005, respectively. The findings suggest the potential benefits of including both domain-general tests of ideational fluency and domain-specific tests of creative thinking in architectural problem solving in admission procedures for departments of architecture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-35
Number of pages5
JournalPsychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2010

Keywords

  • Architectural design
  • domain-general creative thinking
  • domain-specific creative thinking
  • figural stimuli
  • verbal stimuli

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