ERIC Number: ED310045
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-29
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An Arts Orientation, Cognitive Skills and Creative Behaviors.
Wakefield, John F.
This study explores the usefulness of a creativity construct for arts education. It is hypothesized that an arts orientation is a valid personality construct, that this orientation is correlated with contrasting cognitive skills, and that these skills are manifested in creative behaviors. Sixty-five high school seniors were given the ACT Interest Inventory; tests of logic, insight, divergent and creative thinking; and a modified version of the Creative Behavior Inventory. Data were analyzed for the total group and a subsample of 35 logical thinkers. Results confirm correlation of the arts orientation with five domains of artistic behavior and three cognitive skills (logic, divergent and creative thinking, but these skills only correlated with two domains of artistic behavior (literature and art). Discussion centers on fundamental implications for arts curricula and methods of instruction. The data point to the possibility of a prerequisite or threshold level of logic necessary for creative thinking. If arts are to be taught as creative activities to students in the general curriculum, it is clear that many students will not possess the prerequisite reasoning skills. It would seem far better for general curriculum arts courses to develop critical thinking and expressive problem solving skills, and for specialized elective courses to develop creative thinking (discipline based art education). Twenty-five references and five tables of study data conclude the document. (Author/PPB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Teachers; Researchers; Practitioners
Sponsor: North Alabama Univ., Florence.
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