The Issue of Creativity and Assessment in Studies

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Amabile's research concludes that evaluation, rewards, constraints, and competition affect creativity in a negative way. When being evaluated, students might not make as much of an effort to be creative. Students might be more focused on getting answers right and meeting requirements when they are being evaluated on an assignment. In these situations, creativity is the last thing on their mind. Similarly, when students receive rewards, they are not as creative. A reward can be extremely distracting when it comes to creativity. For example, if a teacher offers a reward (extra credit) for participation in an art contest, students might not produce as creative of work as if they were entering the contest without a reward just because they wanted to. A student might just complete the bare minimum for the contest just to receive the extra credit. Competition can also restrict creativity. Competition can place a student under stress and in turn hinder creativity. In an art competition, students might feel stressed out enough that they cannot come up with creative ideas. Similarly, students might not be able to perform under the pressure that competition brings. Constraints can negatively affect creativity by restricting the freedom that people have to create something the way they want to. For example, in a high school art class, a student might have a creative idea that might be controversial. The teacher might place constraints on the class to not create anything controversial, which in turn negatively affects that student's creativity. Because of this, the student will have to come up with another idea that is not as good as the first one.

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