ERIC Number: ED036019
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Nov
Reference Count: 0
A Program for Training Creative Thinking: I. Preliminary Field Test.
Davis, Gary A.; And Others
A program designed to develop the creative potential of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students, incorporates ideas from a three-part model which conceptualizes the components of creativity as appropriate creative attitudes, various cognitive abilities, and idea-generating techniques. It attempts to increase students' awareness of, and appreciation for, change and innovation; provide exercise for creative abilities which facilitate the fluent production of original ideas; teach techniques for the systematic production of new idea combinations; and, through humor, to create a free atmosphere encouraging spontaneity and imagination. In a preliminary field test, responses to an attitude questionnaire and three divergent production tasks (such as thinking of changes and improvements for a doorknob) showed the program to be effective. Twenty-three subjects (21 seventh and two eighth grade students) who studied the program in a 10-week creative thinking course produced 65% more ideas on the divergent thinking tasks (ideas which were rated as significantly more creative) than 32 seventh grade control Ss enrolled in a creative writing course. There also was good indication that the trained Ss acquired more creative attitudes, including confidence in their own creative ability, than the control Ss. (Author/RJ)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Cognitive Learning.