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ERIC Number: ED405982
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug-21
Pages: 93
Abstractor: N/A
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Increasing Creative Thinking Skills in Second and Third Grade Gifted Students Using Imagery, Computers, and Creative Problem Solving.
Harkow, Rosa M.
This practicum project used a combination of strategies to improve creative thinking skills in second- and third-grade gifted students. Sixteen students were targeted for the intervention. Over a 12-week implementation period, students participated in 90-minute interventions twice weekly. The intervention was comprised of 30-minute creative problem-solving encounters with peers; 30 minutes of computer software use to produce original writing, and to experiment and create in open-ended settings; and a 30-minute period of activities alternating between relaxation and imagery exercises and the use of imagery in creative writing. There were four objectives to the intervention: (1) increasing verbal and figural creativity; (2) increasing figural and verbal fluency; (3) increasing figural and verbal originality; and (4) increasing verbal flexibility. The Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking, Figural and Verbal Models and the Inventory of Creative Behaviors were used to assess the impact of the intervention. Informal teacher observations were conducted throughout implementation. The Inventory of Creative Behaviors was completed weekly and at the conclusion of the implementation period. Findings indicated that the proposed number of students met the projected percentage of increase of 80 percent or above in overall figural and verbal creativity, verbal originality, and verbal flexibility. Fewer than the proposed number of students met the projected increase in figural and verbal fluency and figural originality, although all students showed significant increases in these areas. (Eighteen appendices include School Profile, Inventory of Creative Behaviors, software evaluations, schedule of computer use, and pre- and posttest results and comparisons. Contains 17 references.) (Author/KDFB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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