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Using Improvisational Exercises in General Education to Advance Creativity, Inventiveness and Innovation.

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Creativity is the process of generating something new or original that has value to an individual, a group, an organization, an industry or a society. Improvisational theater techniques are used to enhance creative thinking and action in a variety of disciplines as broad as education, theater, dance, painting, writing and music, law, business, and most recently, entrepreneurship. This paper describes an academic setting that draws upon the definition, techniques and improvisational methods as prerequisites for a progression of increased experiences of idea generation, new product invention and innovation. Improvisation is used as a critical ingredient to enhance creativity for undergraduate liberal arts students in a freshman general studies course leading to student product development and field-based innovations.

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Author:Hackbert, Peter H.
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Article Type:Abstract
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2010
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