ERIC Number: EJ1060196
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
The Influence of Institutional Experiences on the Development of Creative Thinking in Arts Alumni
Miller, Angie L.; Dumford, Amber D.
Studies in Art Education: A Journal of Issues and Research in Art Education, v56 n2 p168-182 Win 2015
Previous research has suggested that several different aspects of one's environment can impact creativity. Using data from the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), this study explored whether satisfaction with aspects of the institutional experience contributed to the perceived development of creative thinking in arts alumni, and whether there are differences in these patterns between undergraduate and graduate alumni across a variety of academic majors. The results of several regression analyses indicated a greater number of significant predictors for creative thinking in undergraduate alumni when compared to graduate alumni. The two strongest, most consistent predictors across all models were satisfaction with their freedom and encouragement to take risks and instructors in classrooms, labs, and studios. Differences across majors are also discussed.
Descriptors: Art Education, Alumni, Creative Thinking, Predictor Variables, Educational Experience, Regression (Statistics), Majors (Students), Comparative Analysis, Graduate Study, Undergraduate Study, Risk, Freedom, Personal Autonomy, Surveys, Academic Advising, Work Experience, Career Counseling
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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