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Talent. 2015; 5(2): 83-109

Developing Creativity, Talents, and Interests across the Lifespan: Centers for Creativity and Innovation

C. June Maker, Abdulnasser A. Alhusaini, Randy Pease, Robert Zimmerman, Faisal Y. Alamiri.


Based on a strong belief that all people have
the potential to be innovative and creative in at
least one talent area, and that their potential
can be developed and enhanced through access
to a rich and stimulating environment, the
authors have developed an innovative idea for
community centers. We have designed centers
that have a rich supply of materials, spaces for
individual exploration and group problem
solving, suggested experiences for exploration,
and people to guide when needed; these centers
can be established in local communities or
in schools, and need to be available to all ages
and all members of the community. The Prism
of Learning, a framework developed by Maker
and Anuruthwong, and tested in several countries,
is recommended as the overall theory
guiding the development of creativity and
talent. Human abilities include Linguistic,
Mathematical, Auditory, Emotional, Social,
Scientific, Mechanical-Technical, Visual/
Spatial, Bodily/Somatic, and Spiritual. We
present this plan and invite the global educational
and psychological community to think
about it, discuss it, tell us what you think, and
most importantly of all, try it!

Key words: talent development, innovation, giftedness, creativity development, theories of intelligence, exploration, independent learning, group problem solving

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