ERIC Number: ED043049
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of a Program for Developing Creative Thinking in Teachers and Children at the 4th and 5th Grade Levels.
Schaefer, Charles E.
This study evaluates a creativity program for elementary school teachers and children. A total of 687 fourth and fifth grade students and 27 teachers from four public schools in New York City were participants in either the experimental or control groups. The experimental teachers attended a 27 week in-service training program designed to assist them in making effective use of innovative materials for creative expression and in increasing their own level of creative thinking. In addition they spent one hour a week developing creative expression in their children. The effectiveness of the program was evaluated by a three-prong approach: (1) classroom observations; (2) a creativity test battery; and (3) subjective reports. At the end of the training program experimental teachers were judged by classroom observations to show a more democratic and original approach in their teaching than control teachers and the experimental children exhibited more alert and original behavior than the controls. The test battery indicated that the program was effective in improving the children's attitude toward creative expression. Teachers evaluated the in-service course as being worthwhile. (RSM/Author)
Descriptors: Creative Activities, Creative Expression, Creative Thinking, Creativity, Creativity Research, Elementary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Materials, Program Development
Charles Schaefer, Fordham University, Bronx, New York 10458. (No price is quoted.)
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Authoring Institution: Fordham Univ., Bronx, NY.