Journal of East China Normal University(Educational Sciences) ›› 2023, Vol. 41 ›› Issue (5): 1-15.doi: 10.16382/j.cnki.1000-5560.2023.05.001


New Concepts and Trends in the Cultivation of International Elite Creative Talents

Yong Zhao1,2,3   

  1. 1. School of Education and Human Sciences, University of Kansas, Lawrence 66045, USA
    2. Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne 3010, Australia
    3. Faculty of Education, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China
  • Accepted:2023-01-02 Online:2023-05-01 Published:2023-04-26


Elite creative talents are wanted and sought after in every modern society as they seem to be the primary force that drives social and economic development. But cultivating elite creative talents can follow different approaches in different societies. This article provides a comprehensive review and analysis of current thinking and emerging issues in cultivating innovative, creative, and entrepreneurial talents. Primarily, the author finds the following. First, elite creative talents are not programmed and trained by early selection. Second, creativity is naturally born and everyone has the potential to become a creative elite. Third, creativity appears in different domains and must be based on solid knowledge and skills. Thus elite talents have their unique abilities and knowledge. Fourth, different society has different attitudes toward creative talents and thus different societies have different environments for cultivating creative talents. Fifth, opportunities and luck play significant roles in the development of creativity. It is therefore critical for individuals to have opportunities or create their own opportunities. Finally, creativity must be bounded by ethical and moral standards, which vary in different societies. But at least, the outcomes of creativity should not cause harm to others and the world.

Key words: creativity, elite talents, innovative talents, educational theory, educational policy, culture, social values