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ERIC Number: ED013803
Record Type: RIE
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Pages: 16
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TEACHERS' ATTITUDES ABOUT CREATIVITY.
TREFFINGER, DONALD J.; AND OTHERS
TO DETERMINE THE EFFECTS OF AN INSERVICE PROGRAM ON TEACHERS' ATTITUDES ABOUT CREATIVITY, ABOUT 250 TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS, FROM ALL GRADE LEVELS, IN A CITY OF ABOUT 20,000 IN NORTHERN NEW YORK ATTENDED A 4-DAY INSTITUTE IN CREATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVING. THE PROGRAM CONSISTED OF ONE-HOUR FORMAL PRESENTATIONS ON CURRENT THEORY AND RESEARCH IN CREATIVITY AND PROBLEM-SOLVING, AND DISCUSSIONS OF THE PRESENTATIONS. A 14-ITEM ATTITUDE SURVEY, UTILIZING BOTH A 5-POINT LIKERT-TYPE SCALE (STRONGLY AGREE OR DISAGREE) AND A RATING ON A 5-POINT SCALE OF THE TRUTH OF A STATEMENT WAS ADMINISTERED BEFORE AND AFTER THE PROGRAM. IT WAS FOUND THAT AFTER THE PROGRAM (A) MORE TEACHERS AGREED WITH THE STATEMENTS, (1) "THE CREATIVE CHILD IS NOT LIKELY TO BE WELL-LIKED BY HIS CLASSMATES," (2) "IT IS POSSIBLE TO IMPROVE STUDENTS' ABILITY TO THINK CREATIVELY AND TO SOLVE PROBLEMS." (3) "I COULD IDENTIFY THE CHILDREN IN MY CLASSROOM WHO ARE THE MOST CREATIVE." AND (4) "THERE IS A VERY THIN LINE BETWEEN THE VERY CREATIVE ACT AND THE PATHOLOGICAL." AND (B) MORE TEACHERS DISAGREED WITH THE STATEMENTS, (1) "OUR EFFORTS TO IMPROVE CREATIVITY ARE IN VAIN BECAUSE IT IS PROBABLY A NATIONAL STRENGTH." AND (2) "MOST PAPER AND PENCIL TESTS DO NOT REALLY MEASURE STUDENTS' CREATIVE ABILITIES." IT IS CONCLUDED THAT SUCH INSERVICE PROGRAMS ARE VALUABLE IN DEVELOPING INCREASED UNDERSTANDING OF CREATIVITY. (AW)
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Identifiers: LIKERT TYPE SCALE