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The Use of the Creative Reversal Act (CREACT) to Develop Creative Potential in the Classroom
Uğur Sak
Center for Research and Practice on Gifted Education, Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey
The last decades have witnessed a number of new theories and models about the development of creativity. Some of these models were translated into practice. We have come to believe that creative ability is not a fixed capacity; rather, it can be improved through interventions. Indeed, research shows that educational and training programs make a considerable improvement in creative capacity. This talk will include the discussion of creativity studies first, and then a review of the CREACT (Creative Reversal Act), its theoretical background, and research carried out on its effectiveness on students’ creativity. The CREACT is a creative teaching technique (Sak, 2009) developed based on the theory of the janusian process that was originally proposed by Rothenberg (1971). The janusian process plays a role in many creative accomplishments, such as the theory of natural selection and the general theory of relativity. Creative ideas holding oppositions, paradoxes, and paradoxical metaphors can be produced through the use of the CREACT. It is composed of five steps: construction, segregation, opposition, combination and elaboration processes. A series of research was carried out on the effectiveness of the CREACT. One of the studies showed that the use of the CREACT improved students’ creative performance significantly on the poem and story tasks. Second study involved students’ performance on concept learning and construction of paradoxes. In this study, experimental groups showed higher performance than did the control groups on the both tasks. In another study, the social validity (social acceptance) of the CREACT was investigated. Students’ satisfaction with use of the CREACT was found very high. Research findings imply that the CREACT can be used effectively in a variety of settings, including classrooms and workplaces.


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Welcome to the 16th ICIE conference 2018 on:

Excellence, Innovation, & Creativity in Basic-Higher Education & Psychology

Latest Development in Research & Practices

Paris - France (July 3-6, 2018)

Todd Lubart, Ph.D.                                                                                    Franck Zenasni, Ph.D.

Honorary Chair                                                                                            Conference Chair

Sandra K. Linke,Ph.D.                                                                                Bahaa Zoubi, Ph.D.

ICIE Director, Co-Chair                                                                                 ACIE Director, Co-Chair

Welcome to the ICIE International Conference

The International Centre for Innovation in Education (ICIE) is committed to the development of all learners as productive world citizens and leaders for the future. This International Conference will provide a conference programme with the highest calibre of: Nobel Prize winners, keynote speakers, invited speakers, and a large number of scholars and presenters alongside a selection of exhibitors. The ICIE conferences are milestones in the journey towards leadership, creativity and innovation in basic-higher education and psychology.

Conference Aims and Objectives:
Encourage volunteer spirit; Promote excellence and sustain quality; Connecting Communities; Strive for improvement; Evolve responsibly; Meet community expectations of quality; Sustain competitiveness and viability; and Balance innovation with core essentials.

This conference provides you with the opportunity to: 

  • Explore the latest developments in education & psychology in general, and innovation in education in particular;
  • Examine the need for sustainable educational systems;
  • Integrate the latest technology into the education system;
  • Debate the future of education & psychology: What are the challenges ahead?
  • Learn from innovative case studies where educational institutions have taken the initiative;
  • Engage in a series of seminars designed to debate the theory and practice of real improvement in education & psychology; and
  • Participate in pre-conference workshops designed to develop participants' competencies.

Conference Categories:
  • Excellence in Education: Basic & Higher Education;
  • Gifted Education;
  • Creativity & Innovation;
  • Educational Technology;
  • Psychology, including all branches (e.g., applied psychology; cognitive psychology; organizational psychology; developmental psychology; experimental psychology; clinical psychology; educational psychology; cross-cultural psychology; positive psychology; social psychology; comparative psychology);
  • Innovative Learning Environment: standards and curricula, tasks and materials, and communication;
  • Instructors and Teacher: competencies, innovative teaching methods, and staff development;
  • Learner: competencies, individual differences, intervention and development;
  • Programme Development: Examples, planning models and components, implementation and evaluation;
  • Global Education for Peace;
  • Organizational & Social Issues in Education;
  • Integrated Services: guidance and counselling, community services, parenting and caring; and mentorship; and
  • Future Trends: Globalisation and networking, civic education, ethical issues; and building creative climates.

We encourage anyone with an interest in: innovation in education, excellence in education, and gifted education to attend this conference. The participants will include: university academics, psychologists, education policy advisers and managers, business and industry leaders, gifted and talented program coordinators, school heads, graduate students, parents and caretakers.

Registration Fees for International Participants:

  • Early Registration Fees:             €350 (May 25, 2018).
  • Late Registration Fees:              €400 (June 30, 2018).
  • Onsite Registration:                   €450.
  • Conference Workshops:             (Included in the registration fee)

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