ERIC Number: ED028577
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Dimensions of Creativity in Elementary School Children.
Beaird, James H.
To identify the parameters of creativity exhibited in products of sixth grade children, 25 subjects (12 girls and 13 boys) were asked to produce written, art, and mechanical objects and to write a description of the product indicating its use. Ten judges graded the relative creativity of the objects by comparing their similarity to an object considered to be standard. The resulting development of a judgmental space for each class was factor analyzed to determine factors of the creativity of the products. Students were administered a battery of personality tests and tests of cognitive characteristics. All of the creativity factors identified contained both personality and cognitive correlates. Factors identified for written products were novelty, flexibility, and openness to expression; factors for definition of the creativity of artistic objects were inventiveness and novelty; and the creativity of manipulative objects was characterized by the factor of novelty. Indications were that individuals who produced creative stories had a set of characteristics distinct from those of persons who produced the more creative art objects which also were distinct from those who produced the more creative manipulative objects. (RJ)
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Oregon State System of Higher Education, Monmouth. Teaching Research Div.