Developmental Trajectories and Creative Work in Late Life

  • Laura Tahir
  • Howard E. Gruber
Part of the The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging book series (SSAD)


The evolving systems approach to creativity (see Gruber, 1980; Gruber & Davis, 1988; Wallace & Gruber, 1989) focuses on facets of the development of the creator, his or her work, and the contextual frame in which this work occurs. From a developmental perspective we understand that creativity is a process that changes over the lifespan. Keegan (1995) explored the connection between creativity in childhood and creativity in adulthood. In another line of work, several researchers focused on early life creative work, or “starting out” (Brower, 1996; Bruchez-Hall, 1996; Gruber, 1996; Keegan, 1996; Tahir, 1996). Several questions are raised in the present chapter: What happens to this process as the person ages? Is late life creative work different from that produced earlier? Are there any general trajectories of creative work?


Late Life Creative Work Late Start Adult Development Creative People 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura Tahir
    • 1
  • Howard E. Gruber
    • 2
  1. 1.Garden State Youth Correctional FacilityYardvilleUSA
  2. 2.Columbia Teacher’s CollegeBronxUSA

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