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ERIC Number: ED110982
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 204
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Factors That Influence Children's Free Choices of Topics for Creative Writing.
Jobe, Ronald Albert
The purpose of this study was to determine the scores of children's ideas for creative writing when given freedom of choice of topic, and to determine if those children who expressed ideas reportedly original to them were more or less creative than the others. The subjects, selected from grades 2, 4, and 6, were a stratified random sample consisting of 90 boys and girls in Alberta, Canada. The students were instructed to write anything they chose for 10 weeks. The following conclusions were drawn: (1) when given freedom of choice to select topics, the major preferences of the children were fantasy, animals, and personalities in the order stated; (2) the major influences on the children's choices of topics, as reported by the writers, appeared to be the original ideas of the children themselves, direct personal experiences, and books, in that order; and (3) significant differences in the scores on the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking were found among grade levels in three of the areas tested (flexibility, originality, and elaboration), as well as in the composite total scores as measured. Grade 2 children were lower achievers in the tests than were grade 4 or grade 6 children. (Author/LL)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Minnesota