Liberating the Creative Spirit in Asian Students

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In his controversial bestseller, Dr Ng Aik Kwang argued that Asians are less creative than Westerners, because of their cultural background. However, he went on to assert that Asians can be as creative as their Western counterparts in the right environment.

School teachers play an important role in making the environment right for creativity, by sowing the seeds of creativity in the Asian classroom. In recognition of this fact, Dr Ng has written this new book on how to liberate the creative spirit in Asian students.

Three unique features characterize this book. First, it is based on the latest scientific research and finding on creativity. The reader will gain a good and solid understanding of creativity. He or she can use this scientific knowledge to enhance the creativity of Asian students.

Second, it is written as a practical guide for creative teachers in the East. The reader will learn how Asian students from China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore typically behave in the classroom. He or she will pick up many useful tips on how to nurture their creativity.

Finally, it is based on Dr Ng’s own experience of instructing novice and experienced teachers on how they can develop creativity in Asian students. Drawing on this experience, Dr Ng describes many real examples of what creative teachers do to get their students to realize their creative potential.

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Dr Ng Aik Kwang is the author of the controversial bestseller Why Asians are less creative than Westerners, which has been translated into the Chinese language. He lectures at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, where he instructs novice and experienced teachers on how to nurture creativity in Asian students. His research interest is in the cultivation of creativity in the Asian classroom and society. He received an Early Career Research Award from the International Council of Psychologists for research excellence in 2001.


Clearly written, with numerous classroom examples and illustrations concerning eminent creators, this text is a must read. -- Professor Todd Lubart, University of Paris (France), Author, Defying the Crowd: Cultivating Creativity in a Culture of Conformity

Kwang has done it again... this book is designed for "society's change agents" -- Professor Gerard Puccio, State University of New York (America), Director, The International Center for Studies in Creativity

Kwang presents an Asian perspective on how Asians cultivate creativity in an Asian context. -- Associate Professor Tan Ai Girl, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), Author, The Psychology of Cultivating Creativity

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