Motivating Creativity: A Critical Review of Past Literature

Motivating Creativity:
A Critical Review of Past Literature

Homam Altabaa
Siti Hasanah bt Azahari

Research on creativity has been gaining more interest from scholars in various fields. Creavitiy used to be perceived as subject that was mainly relevant to professionals in the fields of arts and music. However, today creativity is acknowledged as a scientific subject that is relevant to engineering, architecture as well as human scienc-es. Thus, its meanings are varied and may differ from one scholar to another. Nevertheless, a majority of researchers agree that creativity may be defined as a product that is novel, original, and unique. Stud-ies on the subject have existed for decades, from the days many thought of creativity as an innate and divine ability originating from God, and to recent years where scholars have deemed creativity as a learnable trait. Yet, not everyone is motivated to be creative. As modern problems are becoming increasingly complicated, everyone in the society including parents, employers, and teachers must play their part to encourage creativity. Furthermore, past research has ex-amined the various forms of motivation that encourage creativity. Hence, this article briefly discusses the history and definition of and reviews past literature on motivation in creativity in hopes that it can help enhance creativity among children, students, employees, etc.

Keywords: creativity, history of creativity, motivation.
Creativity is known as original ideas (inventiveness) and may be recognized in many domains, though it tends to be
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International Journal of Muslim World Studies
Vol. 19, No. 2, 2021