Oregon State University

Creative Thinking Rubric

Creative thinking at the higher education level can only be expressed productively within a particular domain. The student must be versed in the strategies and skills of the domain in order to make connections and synthesize. 

Creative thinking, as it is fostered within higher education, must be distinguished from less focused types of creativity such as: the creativity exhibited by a small child’s drawing, which stems not from an understanding of connections, but from an ignorance of the boundaries of reality and/or domains; or the creativity demonstrated by an enterprising student who finds unique and novel ways to cheat and escape responsibility for his/her actions.


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