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ERIC Number: ED017344
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Jul
Pages: 17
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Reference Count: 0
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THE CREATIVE-AESTHETIC APPROACH TO SCHOOL READINESS AND MEASURED CREATIVE GROWTH.
TORRANCE, E. PAUL; AND OTHERS
IN RESPONSE TO THE OBSERVATION THAT CHILDREN LOSE MUCH OF THEIR IMAGINATIVENESS AND CREATIVENESS AT ABOUT AGE 5 OR DURING THEIR KINDERGARTEN YEAR, A PROGRAM CALLED THE "CREATIVE-AESTHETIC APPROACH TO SCHOOL READINESS" WAS EMPLOYED TO SEE IF IT WOULD PREVENT SUCH A LOSS. THE PROGRAM IS NORMALLY USED WITH PRESCHOOL CHILDREN TO DEVELOP THE BEGINNINGS OF INTELLECTUAL SKILLS WHICH WILL BE OF FUTURE VALUE. IN THE PRESENT STUDY, THIS PROGRAM WAS USED WITH 24 5-YEAR-OLDS IN AN EXPERIMENTAL KINDERGARTEN. AN ORTHODOX KINDERGARTEN CLASS OF 39 CHILDREN WAS THE CONTROL GROUP. ALTHOUGH BOTH KINDERGARTEN PROGRAMS BEGAN IN SEPTEMBER, 1966, A PRETEST WAS NOT ADMINISTERED TO THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP UNTIL JANUARY, 1967. THE POSTTEST FOR THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP WAS GIVEN IN MAY, 1967. THE CONTROL GROUP WAS ADMINISTERED ONLY 1 TEST, THE MAY POSTTEST. THE JANUARY AND MAY TESTS CONSISTED OF (1) TORRANCE TESTS OF CREATIVE THINKING, (2) MOTHER GOOSE PROBLEMS TESTS, AND (3) THE STARKWEATHER TEST OF ORIGINALITY. THE RESULTS WERE FIRST ANALYZED TO COMPARE THE SCORES OF THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP ALONE ON THEIR PRE- AND POSTTESTS. THE CHILDREN IMPROVED ON ALL 9 TESTS, WITH SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT ON 6 OF THEM. A COMPARISON OF THE MAY SCORES OF BOTH THE EXPERIMENTAL AND CONTROL GROUPS SHOWED THAT THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP SIGNIFICANTLY OUT-PERFORMED THE CONTROLS ON 6 OF THE 8 TESTS ADMINISTERED TO BOTH GROUPS, AND SCORED HIGHER ON THE REMAINING 2 TESTS. IT WAS CONCLUDED THAT THE KINDERGARTEN EXPERIENCE OR THE REACHING OF 5 YEARS OF AGE NEED NOT RESULTS IN SERIOUS DIMINUTION OF A CHILD'S CREATIVITY. (WD)
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Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens. Research and Development Center in Educational Stimulation.
Identifiers: GEORGIA; Georgia (Atlanta); MOTHER GOOSE PROBLEMS TEST; Starkweather Originality Test; TORRANCE TESTS OF CREATIVE THINKING