Since the 1950s it has been thought that apart from the 'assertive creativity' of prodigious talents such as Mozart, Picasso, Shakespeare and so forth - with their special gifts that we see in their respective creative oeuvres - there is in contrast a 'general creativity' which is a quality that we are all capable of nurturing and developing in ourselves.
General creativity is seen when a complex mix of attitudes, dispositions and abilities work together in a person. It can be seen in action in the range of skills and day to day problem solving that comprise our lives.
It is now seen that general creativity is that inexplicable part of ourselves which enables us to learn and, whilst it cannot be taught, it can and must be cultivated and encouraged.
The current notion of creativity in the context of learning leads us to a particular understanding of the very process of learning. This is based on the idea that language, thought and learning are inseparable and that learning takes place in a social context - we learn by talking and thinking together. It is creative, collaborative approaches that facilitate and support learning.