ERIC Number: ED263209
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship between the Originality of Essays and Variables in the Problem-Discovery Process: A Study of Creative and Noncreative Middle School Students.
Moore, Michael T.
Based on a study dealing with problem-finding behavior of artists as the first step in the creative process (Getzels and Czikszentmihalyi), this study on the empirical nature of problem-finding included middle school students from a suburban-rural area in Western Pennsylvania. Eight students identified through three measures as creative were matched with eight low creative students using sex, grade, and IQ. Each student wrote one composition in a lab situation. The task was to produce a piece of writing incorporating any or all of 15 displayed objects. The results from three measures at the problem-solution stage and two panels of five judges rating the written product indicate that individuals who had the most original products were both consistently higher on the process variables at both the problem-formulation and problem-solution stages. Two conclusions from the data are suggested: (1) writers and artists who exhibit a concern for problem-discovery at the problem-formulation stage will have the most originally rated products; and (2) during composing, writing or drawing, writers and artists share similarities in problem-discovery cognitive strategies even though the medium differs. (PN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of Eastern Educational Research Association (8th, Virginia Beach, VA, February 7-9, 1985). For a related document, see ED 258 186.