Abstract: This paper focuses on the motivation of secondary school students to take part in (professional) creative activities and the influence their environment, both the school and family environment, has on this. This study is a response to the growing neoliberal trend to excessively individualize creative expression and activities and to entirely ignore social influences. At the same time, it takes into account the cultural heritage of the preceding generations, in which the roots of creative ability are anchored in society, and which individuals then process. Results are presented of empirical research into the influence of the social environment on the creative activities of the youth, which are subsequently correlated in order to determine the roots and social interdependence of creative activities. The results of the research confirmed the initial hypothesis that the creative efforts of secondary school students are based on the social background of their families and the schools they attend. At the same time, it was determined that the direct influence of family is not as substantial as expected, and that the indirect impact of the family environment is more significant.
Authors: Jiří Semrád, Milan Škrabal
Keywords: Social pedagogy, creativity, social creativity, influence of the environment, influence of the macro-social and micro-social environment, correlation of the social environment and creativeness, professional and scientific creative activity of the youth