The economy and culture of the 21st century has a tremendous need for creative talent. Whether one works in manufacturing, government, education, or the service industry, there is always a shortage of creatively talented people. Research on creativity, especially on how to foster and assess it, has grown tremendously over the past 30 years, especially in the areas of theory development, assessment, and interventions. Yet this work has also led to new challenges, first among them why all this work has had arguably limited impact on practice. During this talk we will review these recent developments and identify the “major unknowns” in need of additional attention.
Jonathan Plucker is the Julian C. Stanley Endowed Professor of Talent Development at Johns Hopkins University, where he works in the Center for Talented Youth and School of Education. His research examines creativity and intelligence, education policy, and talent development. Recent books include Excellence Gaps in Education with Scott Peters, From Giftedness to Gifted Education with Anne Rinn and Matt Makel, Intelligence 101 with Amber Esping, and Creativity and Innovation. Prof. Plucker is the recipient of the 2012 Arnheim Award for Outstanding Achievement from the American Psychological Association and 2013 Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Association for Gifted Children. He is president-elect of NAGC.