ERIC Number: ED308016
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
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Sociocultural Influences on Creativity of Preschoolers in India.
Mehrotra, Jena; Sawyers, Janet K.
The influence of the home environment on the original thinking of 66 Indian preschoolers was investigated. Subjects were 36 boys and 30 girls (mean age, 4.6 years) randomly selected from a pool of 127 children from 7 classrooms in a preschool run by a quasi-governmental corporation. Tests were given in the child's first language, which was either the regional language Gujarati, or the national language Hindi. Tests employed were the Multidimensional Stimulus Fluency Measure and the Home Observation for the Measurement of the Environment. No significant sex or age differences were found on measures of ideational fluency. Data indicated the existence of a response hierarchy, with popular responses occurring earlier in the response sequence. These results were consistent with studies done in other cultures. When original thinking scores were examined in relation to the quality and quantity of stimuli available in the home (assessed through the HOME inventory developed by Caldwell--1978), significant negative correlations were found between social responsiveness and stimulation of academic behavior and original thinking. Analyses indicated that high scores on these categories may reflect a structured home environment and directive types of parent-child interaction that are thought to adversely affect the free flow of thought and expressiveness. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: India