ERIC Number: EJ1064538
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
Creative Cognition in Secondary Science: An Exploration of Divergent Thinking in Science among Adolescents
Antink-Meyer, Allison; Lederman, Norman G.
International Journal of Science Education, v37 n10 p1547-1563 2015
The divergent thinking skills in science of 282 US high school students were investigated across 16 weeks of instruction in order to determine whether typical academic time periods can significantly influence changes in thinking skills. Students' from 6 high school science classrooms completed the Scientific Structures Creativity Measure (SSCM) before and after a semester of instruction. Even the short time frame of a typical academic term was found to be sufficient to promote both improvements in divergent thinking skills as well as declining divergent thinking. Declining divergent thinking skills were more common in this time frame than were improvements. The nature of student performance on the SSCM and implications are discussed.
Descriptors: High School Students, Schemata (Cognition), Thinking Skills, Creative Thinking, Science Instruction, Measures (Individuals), Skill Development, Science Tests, Performance, Scores, Pretests Posttests, Reliability
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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