When archaeologists uncover parts of broken
ancient pots in an area they are exploring,
their important discovery is that people once
lived there. However, they know nothing yet
about the life of the people, what tools they
used, or how they communicated. Without
elaboration, the main message is presented;
however, it lacks meaning without detail or
Elaboration is the noun form of elaborate, which Webster (1995) defines as "planned or done with careful attention to numerous details or parts"; therefore, elaboration is the result of these actions. The application of the term elaboration to a discussion of creativity suggests that an idea has been embellished, developed, polished, or enhanced.
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Publication information: Book title: Creative Thinking and Problem Solving for Young Learners. Contributors: Karen S. Meador - Author. Publisher: Teacher Ideas Press. Place of publication: Englewood, CO. Publication year: 1997. Page number: 54.
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