Inside the Creative Sifter: Recognizing Metacognition in Creativity Development

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The parallels between cognitive development and creativity are neglected in the literature. Piaget's information transformations are personalized, meaning individual constructions can involve creativity. Vygotsky's work considers the implications and interactions of social influences, conventions, and personal implications for creative development. The Cognitive-Creative Sifting Model is proposed to focus attention on these and other connections between cognitive development and creativity. Other common methods of assessing creativity are compared to the proposed model. It is argued that the model provides a foundation to evaluate individual creative potentials more holistically. Specifically, the conceptual elements of metacognition are described and their role in the development of creativity is suggested. It is argued that future researchers should pay particular attention to the interaction effects metacognition has with traditional measures of creativity focused on ideation and product evaluation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-332
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Creative Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


  • assessment
  • cognitive development
  • creativity
  • metacognition


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