ERIC Number: ED063563
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jun
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A Study of the Relationship Between Semantic Divergent Thinking and Types of Risk Taking Behavior in Fifth Grade Children.
This investigation sought to determine the relationship, in fifth grade children, between semantic divergent thinking and different types of risk taking. Also studied was the pattern of relationships between types of risk taking behavior and the variables of: (1) types of divergent thinking, (2) need for achievement, (3) sex, and (4) IQ. The subjects were 147 fifth graders from two schools within a middle-class community. Obvious, remote and flexible divergent thinking were measured by three tests selected from Guilford's battery. The risk taking situations involved a game of chance and an academic task. Obvious divergent thinking correlated significantly and positively with academic risk taking, while remote and flexible divergency correlated with it significantly and negatively. With academic risk taking as the dependent variable, IQ accounted for 13% of the variance. There were no statistically significant relationships between any of the variables studied and risk taking in a game of chance. The findings add additional support to Guilford's research in that they suggest that semantic divergency is not one-dimensional. It is composed of obvious, remote, and flexible factors. (Author)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Educational Research and Development.
Authoring Institution: New York Univ., NY.