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ERIC Number: ED550367
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 273
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-2678-0416-7
Creativity in the Fifth Grade High-Stakes Mathematics Environment
Dominguez, Adriana
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, New Mexico State University
Since the implementation of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), there has been a decrease of creative outlets (Berliner, 2009; Pederson, 2007) for pre-teen students to develop a positive self concept in public schools; creatively implemented technology along with critical thinking skills are no longer emphasized contributing to the notion that only certain knowledge is valued. The study investigated the lack of creative outlets in the fifth grade classroom due to the environment created by high-stakes testing (Berliner, 2009; Pederson, 2007). More specifically, the process of creativity and critical thinking through technology to enhance pre-teen student self concept in order to address individual learning processes and lack of creative outlets stifled by national academic standards in a Title I school was examined. Observations, interviews, and document artifact research was implanted in order to garner an understanding of the student perspective. Through information and the analysis of student perspective garnered through the study, it was determined that creativity has multiple meanings, two of the three participants did not feel that there were opportunities for them to express creativity in the classroom, participants must create opportunities to express creativity outside of the classroom, the use of technology in the classroom is primarily viewed in a sense of assistance for TAKS preparation or efficiency in the classroom, students engage in a process of critical thinking that is dictated by preparation for the TAKS test, the TAKS test and its preparation process elicited feelings of nervousness, confidence, and boredom, and students self identified based on their performance on the TAKS test. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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