ERIC Number: EJ1088847
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
Teacher Use of Creativity-Enhancing Activities in Chinese and American Elementary Classrooms
Hartley, Kylie A.; Plucker, Jonathan A.
Creativity Research Journal, v26 n4 p389-399 2014
The purpose of these exploratory studies was to examine Chinese and American elementary teachers' perceptions of how various classroom activities contribute to student creativity, and how often teachers report engaging their students in these activities. Third, fourth, and fifth grade teachers in the Midwestern United States (N = 51) and in Shaanxi Province, China (N = 51) were surveyed about their classroom activities and their perceptions of these activities on student creativity. Results of independent sample t-tests indicated that Chinese teachers believed routine and fun classroom activities contributed more to student creativity than American teachers. In addition, Chinese teachers indicated that their students more often participated in fun classroom activities than American teachers. Results call into question assumptions about differences between Chinese and American classrooms and instruction.
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Differences, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Foreign Countries, Teacher Surveys, Creativity, Learning Activities, Student Participation, Questionnaires, Teaching Methods, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 5; Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China