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ERIC Number: ED018210
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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CREATIVITY TRAINING--A TOOL FOR MOTIVATING DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS.
AMRAM, FRED M.; GIESE, DAVID L.
AMONG THE COURSES IN THE UPWARD BOUND PROJECT AT THE GENERAL COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, IS CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING. IT IS FELT THAT CREATIVITY TRAINING GIVES THE UNDERACHIEVER THE MOTIVATION AND SKILL TO SOLVE HIS OWN PROBLEMS BY SHOWING HIM THE PROCEDURES OF PROBLEM DEFINITION AND SOLUTION. SIXTY-THREE STUDENTS, OF AVERAGE ABILITY BUT WITH MEAGER CULTURAL BACKGROUNDS, COMPLETED THE 6-WEEK SESSION. THEY WERE CHALLENGED BY SUCH IDEAS AND TASKS AS BECOMING AWARE OF SURROUNDINGS AND EXPERIENCES, NOTING HABITS AND FUNCTIONAL FIXATIONS, FINDING IDEA-SPURRING QUESTIONS, LISTING AND MODIFYING ATTRIBUTES, COMPLETING A "WHAT IF..." SERIES OF SITUATIONS, AND OTHER DEVICES FOR STIMULATING IMAGINATION. THEY ALSO CHOSE PROBLEM PROJECTS THAT THEY COULD PURSUE AFTER THE SESSION. PRE- AND POST-TESTS INDICATED LARGE GAINS IN CREATIVE SKILLS AND SELF-CONCEPTS, AND ALTHOUGH IT IS UNCERTAIN WHETHER THESE WERE ENTIRELY DUE TO THIS PARTICULAR COURSE OR TO THE UPWARD BOUND PROJECT AS A WHOLE, EVIDENCE IS MOUNTING THAT CREATIVITY TRAINING SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM, PARTICULARLY FOR THE SOCIALLY HANDICAPPED. STAFF TRAINING FOR THE SESSION INCLUDED CONSIDERATION OF THE SPECIAL PROBLEMS OF THE DISADVANTAGED, THE PURPOSE OF THE ENTIRE PROJECT AND THE PLACE OF CREATIVITY TRAINING IN IT, CREATIVITY AND ITS FRUSTRATION IN YOUNG PEOPLE, AND THE TEACHER'S ROLE IN DEVELOPING IMAGINATIVE THINKING. THIS DOCUMENT IS VOLUME 4, NUMBER 1 OF "THE GENERAL COLLEGE STUDIES," 1967-68. (HH)
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Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. General Coll.
Identifiers: MINNESOTA; Minnesota (Minneapolis); UPWARD BOUND