Creativity is a constructive process which results in the production of essentially a new product. Creativity is seeing or expressing new relationships. Creativity is not limited to the objects of everyday use, but it is an instrument for increasing knowledge. Creativity is possible in all areas of life like thinking, working, playing or social interaction.
Creativity involves at least three conditions:
(1) Production of a novel idea or a response, (2) this idea must solve a problem or accomplish some goal and (3) the original insights must be sustained and developed to the full. Creativity is extended over a period of time than limited to a brief episode. It is characterised by originality, adaptiveness and realisation. Creativity is not equivalent to intelligence. A highly intelligent individual need not necessarily be creative.
Studies show that there is no significant correlation between the two. Creativity is more governed by the mode of thinking, rather than the amount of intelligence. However, creativity needs some amount of intelligence.
Fostering creativity: Educationists always emphasise the importance of developing creativity in children.
They are of the opinion that, the necessary steps must be taken by the concerned to foster creativity among them. It is found that development of creativity involves genetic as well as environmental factors.