ERIC Number: ED353315
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
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Assessing Creativity in Native American Students Using the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking, Figural Form A.
Tannehill, Rhonda L.
Creative thinking styles of Native American students were investigated to determine the existence of creativity as a homogeneous trait among this culture. Seventy-nine Cherokee students in grades 4 and 6, attending a small rural school in eastern Oklahoma, were administered the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking--Figural Form A. Thirty-eight fourth graders (19 males and 19 females) were assessed. Forty-one sixth graders (27 males and 14 females) were assessed. No student was of full-blood Native American descent, although all students lived on or near tribally held lands and lived in areas dominated by Cheokee customs and culture. No response scores were analyzed to differentiate between no score responses and unattempted items. Average mean standard scores per student and per grade were calculated as well as standard scores for fluency, originality, elaboration, abstractness of title, resistance to closure, and creativity indexes. Results indicate a higher originality score among Cherokee students, but lower resistance to closure scores. The lower resistance to closure scores created a drop in the mean creativity score for most of the students. These results are consistent with other studies and suggest that creative thinking styles emphasizing originality may be strengths aiding the teaching of Native American students. (Author/RLC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking