Barriers to thinking creatively

Stumbled across a page this week through Education Portal. The lesson was titled How to Advance Creativity in a Learning Environment and aimed to identify ways to facilitate creativity in addition to identifying potential barriers.

The barriers to thinking creatively were what most excited me about this article, “response sets” and “functional fixedness” are two terms I haven’t come across before.

Response sets – “A response set is the tendency for people to approach problems in a rigid, habitual manner or persistent pattern.”

Functional fixedness – “Is the tendency for people to use objects or tools in only a certain, specific way.”

With these two terms in mind I aim to now look to see if I can find any further work which relates to my area of research.