ERIC Number: EJ1088495
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
Creative Personality and Anticreative Environment for High School Dropouts
Kim, Kyung Hee; Hull, Michael F.
Creativity Research Journal, v24 n2-3 p169-176 2012
The study examined the possible roles that creativity plays in students dropping out of high school. It used data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study (NELS: 88), the Educational Longitudinal Study (ELS: 2002), and 87 high school students from a low income area in southeastern Michigan. NELS and ELS questions related to creative personality and anticreative school environment were selected and asked of students. The students' responses were compared to their scores on measures of creativity (Runco Ideational Behavior Scale, Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking, & Scales for Rating the Behavioral Characteristics of Superior Students). The NELS respondents who showed creative personality were identified and examined whether their creativity related to dropping out. The results of logistic regression analyses indicated that the questions selected from NELS and ELS that showed anticreative school environment have a negative correlation with the scores on the creativity measures, which affect students' dropping out. An understanding of these students and their behavior will help promote creative students' academic and lifelong success through appropriate classroom restructuring.
Descriptors: Creativity, High School Students, Dropouts, Teaching Methods, Academic Persistence, Longitudinal Studies, Low Income Groups, Student Surveys, Responses, Scores, Comparative Analysis, Personality Traits, Regression (Statistics), Educational Environment, Correlation, At Risk Students, Gender Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking