ERIC Number: ED045384
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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The Effect of Selected Teaching Methods on Creative Thinking, Self-Evaluation, and Achievement of Students Enrolled in an Elemenary Science Education Methods Course.
McCormack, Alan Joseph
Investigated were the effects of a modified elementary science education methods course on creative thinking, self-evaluation and achievement. Involved were 30 experimental and 39 control undergraduate elementary science education methods course students. Controls were given usual laboratory sessions and written assignments. Experimental laboratory activities included brainstorming, inquiry training, problem analysis and creative thinking exercises. Analysis of covariance of pre- and posttest Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT) scores indicated experimentals showed superior gains in fluency, flexibility and originality. Analysis of covariance of modified Science Education Achievement Test (SEAT) scores indicated no group achievement differences. Pearson-product-moment correlation was significantly negative for TTCT and SEAT posttest scores. The t-tests of researcher constructed Self-Evaluation Inventory and Course Evaluation Instrument scores showed no differences in achievement self ratings of cognitive objectives; significantly higher experimental self ratings of affective objectives; and lecture-discussion sessions rated significantly higher by experimentals. Investigator concluded that creativity can be improved without subject matter achievement loss. (JM)
Descriptors: Achievement, Creative Thinking, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Inquiry, Instruction, Methods Courses, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education
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Authoring Institution: Colorado State Coll., Greeley.