Formulating Indicators of Creativity Among Gifted Learners in the Philippine Context


This study aimed to explore indicators that define creativity in the Philippine context. A qualitative textual study was employed which sought the data from varied participants chosen for their ethnic identity, cultural background, type of school, and academic level. The transcribed in-depth interviews were then thoroughly examined through textual analysis. Findings revealed that Filipino creative children (1) process creativity through their cognitive strengths, problem-solving and divergent skills, originality, elaboration, rich imagination and curiosity, (2) are naturally creative, highly motivated, passionate, diligent, hardworking, persistent, perfectionist, friendly, shy, generous, sympathetic, good leaders, respectful, obedient, oversensitive, flexible, resourceful, inventive, risk-takers, open-minded, humble, patient and dedicated to high standards of excellence; (3) create products that are novel, original, purposeful, employ recycling, 4) are influenced by nature, home, school, media, practice and competitions. This study concluded that Filipino creativity is an ability that is natural and God-given, greatly rooted to Filipino family traditions and cultural values. Filipino creative children are highly intellectual who excel in their academic endeavors, socio-civic and art competitions, expressive through their music, art, movement and literary outputs. It is recommended (1) to consider the creativity indicators defined in this study to identify learners’ creative potentials and behaviour; (2) to consider the students’ family, and specific ethnic culture in designing programs/activities for creative development; (3) for families and schools to support the creative children’s needs; (4) for future research to explore studies on creativity from other regions; and (5) to consider adopting the creativity indicators in the development of a creativity tool.

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Junalene P. Villano, University of Southeastern Philippines, Philippines

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Conference: IICE2023
Stream: Education & Difference: Gifted Education

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Villano J. (2023) Formulating Indicators of Creativity Among Gifted Learners in the Philippine Context ISSN: 2189-1036 – The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Hawaii 2023 Official Conference Proceedings
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