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Creative Education Foundation

Creative Education Foundation

Founded in 1954, CEF is a non profit US-based membership organization based in Buffalo, New York.


The organization Was Established in 1954 by the advertising specialist and creative professional Alex F. Osborn , [1] Who Was Known As the inventor of the term and the technical creativity of brainstorming . The first annual Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI), an international creative conference, at the University of Buffalo . [2]

For years the organization had been directed by Alex Osborn together with the creative theorist and education researcher Sid Parnes . When Alex Osborn died in 1966, Parnes took over the initiative and the flesh. He installed the lifetime creative achievement award in the field of applied creativity. Also he installed a media-program of CEF-publications.

In 1987 John Meyerhoff took over the CEO. He expanded CEF’s educational perspective to include business training.

Further CEOs added partnership programs and VIP-days and reinstalled CEF consulting and training programs.


In the beginning of the world, in the field of applied creativity, and in the field of applied creativity, and in the field of applied creativity. development of a comprehensive educational program which includes specifically for scholars and young people.

As a part of its research aspirations, in 1967, the organization launched the Journal of Creative Behavior (JCB) , [3] a peer-reviewed first-published publication devoted to the science of creativity, published by Wiley-Blackwell . Later, in 1972 it was followed by Creativity in Action, CEF’s monthly newsletter.

Since 1979 the CPSI-conference HAS offert oven major program streams: Springboard for novices, Leadership Development Program, CPSI YouthWise, [4] and Extending sessions for exploratory studies.

Since 1989 the organization sponsored creativity in the CPSI-sense on different continents it started with the first Australian CPSI and was later followed by the South African ACRE-conference (since 1994) and the European CREA-conference (since 2003).

In 2003 the CEF YouthWise-program was launched in South Africa, and in 2011 the Creativity in the 21st Century Classroom race enhanced the CPSI program.

Today the goals of CEF span a range of fostering creativity and giftedness including dialogue, serious play and training programs, conferences, programs, publications and other services in order to pursue the idea of ​​creativity and development. [5]

The CPS Process

Central to the Creative Education Foundation is their belief in the CPS Process. The steps are clarifying, ideate, develop and implement; while the core principles include the concept of convergence and divergent thinking, the need to be balanced, the question of suspending judgment, and the focus on “yes and …” rather than “no, but …”. [5]


The Journal of Creative Behavior: CEF publishes a quarterly academic citing research in creative thinking titled, “The Journal of Creative Behavior” . Edited by Ronald A. Beghetto from the University of Connecticut , the journal deals with methods of fostering creativity, giftedness, management of creative personal, testing, creativity in business and industry, development of creative curricula, creativity in the arts and sciences, and reviews of literature on creativity and problem solving. The content also focuses on the creative process. After self-publishing 45 volumes since 1967, the Journal of Creative Behavior moved to Wiley-Blackwell , a commercial publisher of academic journals. [5]

Further reading

  • Parnes, SJ (Ed.) (1992). Source book for creative problem solving. Buffalo, NY: Creative Education Foundation Press. ISBN  093022292X

External links

  • Official website of the Creative Education Foundation
  • Official website of the CPSI-conference
  • Official website of the CREA-conference
  • Official website of the ACRE-conference S


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  3. Jump up^ “The Journal of Creative Behavior” . The Journal of Creative Behavior . doi : 10.1002 / (issn) 2162-6057 .
  4. Jump up^ “Creative Education Foundation – Mycoted” .
  5. ^ Jump up to:c “Creative Education Foundation – Creating Innovative Thinkers.” .