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ERIC Number: ED265972
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 82
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Implementation of Strategies to Improve the Creative Behaviors of Prospective Preschool Teachers.
Martin, Beverly Barber
This paper addresses the issue of incorporating creative thinking and problem solving techniques into an established teacher education methods course for prospective preschool teachers. The project's goals were (1) to increase students' knowledge and understanding of the value of creative thinking skills; (2) to provide group exercises using the four basic elements of divergent thinking; and (3) to evaluate students' application of creativity principles in their written assignments. The verbal and figural sections of the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking and an evaluative survey questionnaire developed by the author were used to assess students' creative behaviors. Using a course alteration method, ideational strategies were integrated into all aspects of the child development methods course. After completing the implementation, the evaluation instruments were analyzed: results from the creativity exercises indicated that 85% of the students showed gains in one or more of the divergency factor areas of the TTCT scales. From the evaluation survey questionnaire, 95% of the students rated the ideational strategies infomative and enriching. The results of the creativity practicum and the conclusions and recommendations of this report are discussed. (Author/DST)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking