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ERIC Number: ED366579
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
Pages: 36
Abstractor: N/A
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Creative Thinking and Locus of Control as Predictors of Reflective Thinking in Preservice Teachers
Norton, Janet Lynn
This study was conducted to examine reflective thinking in 12 preservice teachers as it relates to locus of control and creative thinking. Subjects completed the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (Verbal Form A) and The Locus of Control Scale for Teachers. Measures of the dependent variable, reflective thinking, were determined through analyses of weekly journals using the Pedagogical Language Acquisition and Conceptual Development Taxonomy of Teacher Reflective Thought. Results indicated that locus of control was a significant predictor of reflective thinking; however, none of the independent variables, either alone or in combination, were consistent predictors of reflective thinking. Comments from participants suggested a much stronger relationship between the variables of the study. For these preservice teachers, reflective thinking, creative thinking, and locus of control were definitely related and considered qualities of an effective teacher; and from their perspective, creative thinking and locus of control were both significant predictors of reflective thinking. Empirical and qualitative findings identified curriculum structures and personal characteristics that may maximize reflective thinking in preservice teachers. (Contains 25 references.) (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers: Reflective Thinking
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (74th, Atlanta, GA, February 12-16, 1994).