ERIC Number: ED033105
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Development of Creative Abilities in Adolescence.
Skipper, Charles E.
The purpose of this study, sponsored by an ESEA title 3 grant, was to evaluate the effectiveness of the Living Arts Program in developing creative behavior in adolescents. The subjects consisted of an experimental group of 188 students in grades 7-10 who took part in the Living Arts Program for one semester and a similar group of students who did not. Each group was divided into high, middle, and low levels of creativity on the basis of scores on a "Things Done On Your Own Checklist." The data obtained from tests given to these students in October 1967 and January 1968 led to the following conclusions: (1) Females in the experimental group increased their aesthetic sensitivity and engaged in significantly more independent creative activities than did those in the control group. (2) Males and females in the experimental groups participated more actively in community cultural activities than did those in the control group, and increased significantly their creative thinking. (3) Students in the experimental group reported a positive self concept and believed themselves to have considerable imagination, curiosity, and creative personal qualities. The findings appeared to substantiate the theory that deliberate efforts to improve certain types of creative behavior can be successful. (MP)
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Creative Development, Creativity, Creativity Research, Cultural Enrichment, Fine Arts, Personality Development, Personality Studies, Student Characteristics, Talent, Talent Development, Teaching Methods
Project Director, Living Arts Program, 612 Linden Ave., Dayton, Ohio 45403 ($3.00)
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Identifiers: Living Arts Program