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ERIC Number: ED171430
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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Comparison of Children's Performance on the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking and Selected Piagetian Tasks.
Reisman, Fredricka; Torrance, E. Paul
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships of children's performance on the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT) and on selected Piagetian tasks of conservation. Study subjects, 133 kindergarten and first grade multi-racial boys and girls, were administered the TTCT-Figural Form A and selected Piagetian tasks of conservation of number, of discontinuous quantity, of mass and of time measurement. Two assumptions were tested: (1) that characteristics of creative thinking, such as flexibility of thought and resistance to premature closure, in particular, also underly ability to conserve, and (2) that those children who attained an above average creativity index on the TTCT would be early conservers. Analysis of variance yielded significant correlations at the .001 level that indicated that conservers were more resistant to premature closure and their thinking was more flexible than non-conservers. A multiple regression of the creativity variables that were significant as a result of canonical correlation was done to identify those useful in predicting readiness for conversation. Piaget's notion of reversibility of thought is brought into question. Conservation is interpreted as reconciling simultaneous opposites or "Janusian thought" taken from the creativity literature. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Torrance Tests Of Creative Thinking
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Interdisciplinary UAP Conference on Piagetian Theory and Its Implications for the Helping-Professions (9th, Los Angeles, California, February 2-3, 1979)