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Psychological Studies

, Volume 55, Issue 4, pp 339–350 | Cite as

Creativity in Context: The Ecology of Creativity Evaluations and Practices in an Artistic Craft

  • Vlad Petre GlăveanuEmail author
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Abstract

The present article reports a study on the use of a multiple feedback methodology for creativity evaluation in the case of Romanian Easter eggs. Four groups of evaluators —i.e. ethnographers, priests, art teachers and folk artists—all members of professional communities relevant for this particular folk art participated in the study. They almost unanimously appreciated ‘traditional’ wax decorated eggs as highly creative for their designs, aesthetics and the hard work and talent they require but opinions diverged when commenting on the creativity of other types of Easter eggs. At a more general level, two broad evaluation patters were found, corresponding to whether respondents participate or not in decoration practices. Identifying these patterns comes to reinforce the idea that creativity evaluations, as well as creative activity, are rooted in the social and cultural contexts of the participants and these contexts share important similarities but also marked differences.

Keywords

Creativity Evaluation Practice Multiple feedback method Cultural psychology Easter eggs Romania 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council [grant number ES/H/13199/1]. The author would like to thank Sandra Jovchelovitch, Derek Hook, Caroline Howarth and the journal’s reviewers for their insightful comments and the Romanian Peasant Museum for being very supportive of the present research.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.London School of Economics and Political ScienceInstitute of Social PsychologyLondonUK

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