On the relationship between cultural diversity and creativity in education: The moderating role of communal versus divisional mindset

Loris Vezzali, Malgorzata A. Gocłowska, Richard J. Crisp, Sofia Stathi

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-157
Number of pages6
JournalThinking Skills and Creativity
Volume21
Early online date18 Jul 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016

Keywords

  • Creativity
  • Cultural diversity
  • Diversity climate
  • Diversity in education
  • Flexible thinking
  • Intergroup contact
  • Intergroup processes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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