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A grounded theory approach to the understanding of creativity in common spaces of universities

Wanqing, S; Tianyu, Z; Zhichong, Z; Jian, K; Jianhua, S; (2018) A grounded theory approach to the understanding of creativity in common spaces of universities. Interactive Learning Environments 10.1080/10494820.2018.1542319. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Building a highly efficient environment for creative thinking has always been the core goal of a university’s environmental research. However, previous studies show that there remains a lack of a subjective understanding of the relationship between physical space and creativity in universities. This study offers insights into the structure and factors that impact creativity in common spaces of universities. Based on grounded theory and following the principle of purposive sample using 20 participants in China, 462 initial codes and 45 axis codes were generated, and 5 categories were revealed: creative behaviour, characteristics in creative thinking, humanistic environment, physical space and individual potential. More specifically, creative behaviour is the core category of the above five factors. Characteristics in creative thinking include an internal impact factor, while humanistic environment and physical space are external impact factors. In addition, individual potential is the principal reason for differences in efficiency. Meanwhile, in universities’ common spaces, the humanistic environment has a greater influence than that of physical space. Closely combining the functions of information acquisition, meditation and academic exchange would help improve creativity efficiency. Lastly, this paper reveals structure theory and 23 keywords for creativity in common spaces of universities.

Type: Article
Title: A grounded theory approach to the understanding of creativity in common spaces of universities
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/10494820.2018.1542319
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/10494820.2018.1542319
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Grounded theory, creativity, common space, creative behaviour, humanistic environment, physical space
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10064343
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