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Dr Ana Constantin

Dr Ana Constantin

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.

(First published in 2013)

Professor Boris Plahteanu was born in Bessarabia, in Chişinău, on September 22st 1941. During the war, his family moved to Romania. He graduated from the Politechnical Institute, Iaşi as a valedictorian, and completed his PhD in mechanical engineering in 1973 more specifically in the area of industrial engineering. He was immediately recruited as a Member of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. Since 1990, Professor Plahteanu has been a Member of the National Inventics Institute of Iaşi, Editor in Chief of the Journal of Inventics, and Scientific Manager.

Since 2002 he has been General Manager of the National Inventics Institute and is Coordinator of the Regional Centre of the European Network PATLIB for the promotion of intellectual property. With about 87 patents submitted to the National Trademark Office, Boris Plahteanu is the winner of several national and international trophies with over 60 Golden Medals in the international fair of inventions, and he owns several Romanian and international distinctions.

Thursday, 05 May 2016 14:23

Guest Editor - Prof Ana Constantin PhD

Professor Emeritus, Ana Constantin PhD, is a former Professor in the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, The ‘Alexandru Ioan Cuza’ University, Iași, Romania. Her first love has been, for years, the study and teaching of creativity, with its psychological and educational implications. Her second main area of interest is conflict resolution. She still teaches classes for undergraduate students and her main efforts are focused on encouraging former young Fellows and her doctoral students to undertake research in creativity and to publish studies in highly appreciated journals.

Professor Boris Plahteanu was born in Bessarabia, in Chişinău, on September 22st 1941. During the war, his family moved to Romania. He graduated from the Politechnical Institute, Iaşi as a valedictorian, and completed his PhD in mechanical engineering in 1973 more specifically in the area of industrial engineering. He was immediately recruited as a Member of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. Since 1990, Professor Plahteanu has been a Member of the National Inventics Institute of Iaşi, Editor in Chief of the Journal of Inventics, and Scientific Manager.

Since 2002 he has been General Manager of the National Inventics Institute and is Coordinator of the Regional Centre of the European Network PATLIB for the promotion of intellectual property. With about 87 patents submitted to the National Trademark Office, Boris Plahteanu is the winner of several national and international trophies with over 60 Golden Medals in the international fair of inventions, and he owns several Romanian and international distinctions.

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