Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Contribution of Plurilingualism to Creativity

"Creativity and innovation have been a key focus of attention around the globe in recent years. This is partly due to the need to develop human capital to adjust to the Information Age and strengthen economic performance. Human capital includes skills such as innovation and knowledge, which contribute to economic performance and social cohesion.

An ability to use more than one language is termed ‘multilingualism’, while creativity is viewed as ‘imaginative activity fashioned so as to produce outcomes that are both original and of value’. There is considerable anecdotal evidence that the ability to use more than one language leads to creativity in individuals and thus for the societies in which they live. At issue: do people with more than one language have certain advantages over monolinguals?"

This study was conducted during the period May 2008-June 2009 and compiled by David Marsh and Richard Hill on behalf of the Core Scientific Research Team and the Core Field Research Team.

Extremely interesting!

This study has been commissioned by the European Commission, Directorate General Education and Culture. ©European Commission

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