ERIC Number: ED034269
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar
A Study of Bilingualism and Creativity. Final Report.
The problem of this research design was to determine the effect of the degree of bilingualism upon creative acts in 10th grade high school students who are Anglo-oriented as compared with bilinguals who are non Anglo-oriented. A total 600 bilingual students, 300 from each of two high schools in Laredo School District (Spanish usage reinforced) and Corpus Christi (Spanish usage discouraged) were administered the Torrance Creativity Tests (TCT) and the Hoffman Bilingual Scale (HBS). The 87 students from Laredo who scored the highest on the HBS and the 87 who scored the lowest on the HBS from Corpus Christi were analyzed. Results indicate: (1) bilingual students from Anglo oriented homes were no more original, on a figural originality test, than those from non Anglo oriented homes, (2) those from Anglo oriented homes were more elaborate on a figure elaboration test than those from non Anglo oriented homes, (3) there was no significant relationship between Laredo students (non-Anglo-oriented) intelligence score and performance on the creativity test. In general, the Anglo oriented bilingual student reflects a greater ability to carry out or embellish creative ideas than the non Anglo oriented student. (Author/KJ)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Woman's Univ., Denton.
Note: Paper presented at American Personnel and Guidance Association convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 30-April 3, 1969