ERIC Number: ED046212
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
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The Relationship of Creativity and Academic Risk-Taking among Fifth Graders. Final Report.
Strum, Irene S.
The relationship between two personality characteristics, creativity and risk-taking, was investigated in fifth grade students, ages 9-11 years (N equals 291). Creativity was explored by examing the factors of ideational fluency, spontaneous flexibility, originality, and elaboration. Risk-taking, studied in a classroom testing situation, was regarded as academic in nature. The relationship between the two traits was studied in terms of magnitude, direction, and differences between boys and girls. The two standardized tests employed were the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking, Figural, Form A and the SRA Tests of General Ability (TOGA). The Wide Range Vocabulary Test by Atwell and Wells was modified to measure academic risk-taking. Analyses of variance showed no significant relationship between academic risk-taking and sex or general mental ability, and none between creative thinking ability and risk-taking among the boys, the girls, or the total sample. Results were similar for each of the creativity factors studied as well as for the total creativity score. It was concluded that students who guess and take chances are not necessarily more creative than students who do not. (Author/KW)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Fordham Univ., Bronx, NY.