ERIC Number: ED059562
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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A Longitudinal Study of Creative Abilities in Adolescents.
Skipper, Charles E.
Reported was the 3-year longitudinal study on the influence of a living arts center of a public school system on the development of creative behavior in adolescents. Both experimental and control groups (adolescents in grades seven through 10) of 188 each were divided into high, middle, and low creative groups based on test scores from a creativity test. Attrition after 3 years reduced the experimental group to 35 adolescents. After a normal school day, the students participated in programs on the various arts. An expression of creative values by students, their families, nationally recognized artists, federal government, local community, and governmental agencies was said to characterize the program. Although the students concentrated in a specific chosen area, they were encouraged to explore other art areas. Several testing techniques were used to measure the creativity of the students. In general, participants were found to gain in ideational, fluency, flexibility, originality, elaboration and inventive level compared to pretest scores. The participants experienced significantly more community cultural programs than did the control group. An interesting result was said to be the finding that the male subjects became more sensitive to the aesthetics in life. (CB)
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Authoring Institution: Miami Univ., Coral Gables, FL.
Note: Paper presented at the AERA Convention (Chicago, Illinois, April 7, 1972)