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Thursday, 02 August 2012 22:20

Dr Ana Constantin Featured

After graduating in 1968, Ana investigated the psychological and educational aspects of creativity in a research institute, the Romanian Academy. Three decades later she became a professor at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iasi, Romania. Working in the Department of Psychology, she taught creativity and conflict resolution. Although Professor Constantin officially retired recently, she does not yet feel retired.


As a researcher, Ana investigated the creative personality with regards to Romanian people, including cognitive factors and blocks to inventors' creativity. She found relationships between creativity and intelligence, and creativity and school achievement which were consistent with existing literature. She identified the same jumps and stages in the evolution of creative potential, but found that these took place at ages which were specific to the Romanian educational context. Methodologically, she co-authored two batteries of creative thinking tests (in line with Torrance and Guilford's work), one assessing general creative potential, and the other technical creativity.

Of her 135 publications, including nine authored or co-authored books (written under her professional name, Ana Stoica Constantin), her favourite books are Creativity in Pupils (1983), Creativity Assessment: A Practical Guide (2005), Creativity for Students and Teachers (2004), and Interpersonal Conflict (2004). Additionally, Ana has been involved in 22 projects, presented many training programmes in creativity to companies and educational organisations and translated books and studies from English or French into Romanian.

Ana feels that the amazing professional and personal experience at The Center for Studies in Creativity, Buffalo in 1992 and her 1983 ICN accreditation to provide lectures, training and consultancy in creative problem solving, as well as her recognition as a certified user of the Kirton Adaption-Innovation Inventory (KAI) complement the gold medal she was awarded by a National Romanian Institute for her research in technical creativity.

During the last 12 years Ana has experienced the joy of becoming a grandmother. And she has reasons to believe that the happiest time in people's lives is between 65 and 74 years.

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