ERIC Number: ED041046
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Problems in Assessing the Effectiveness of Creative Thinking.
Davis, Gary A.
A workbook designed to teach creative attitudes and idea-producing techniques, previously used successfully with middle-class students, was field tested with 6th and 8th grade inner city students divided into training and control groups. Results were evaluated by an attitude survey and three subtests from the Torrance Battery. The results were partly negative or ambiguous and it was impossible to draw conclusions about the effectiveness of the workbook in this situation. However, 75% of the students in the training group felt that they had benefited from the course and this was endorsed by a majority of their teachers. The training materials, the low abilities of the students in the classes chosen, the teacher's handling of the materials and class (due to inadequate pretraining), insensitivity of the tests, and oversensitivity of the survey, are all factors that may have affected the results, thus making the apportionment of blame impossible. (GS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Cognitive Learning.
Note: From symposium "Assessing Creativity: Progress in Both Directions" (Joint annual meeting of the American Education Research Association and National Council on Measurement in Education, Minneapolis, March, 1970)