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ERIC Number: EJ776198
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0144-3410
Intellectual Styles and Academic Achievement among Senior Secondary School Students in Rural China
Zhang, Li-Fang
Educational Psychology, v27 n5 p675-692 Oct 2007
The present study empirically addresses two longstanding controversial issues in the field of intellectual styles. The first concerns the distinction (or similarity) between various style constructs. The second relates to whether or not intellectual styles make a difference to students' academic achievement. Specifically, the study investigated the relationship between Torrance's modes of thinking and Sternberg's thinking styles. It also examined the role of the two style constructs in achievement in Chinese, English, and mathematics. Three self-report inventories were administered to 452 students from a senior secondary school in rural China. After students' age, gender, and self-rated abilities were controlled for, thinking styles predicted modes of thinking. In general, conservative intellectual styles predicted better achievement across the three subjects among students in lower grade levels, whereas creative intellectual styles contributed to achievement in Chinese among students in higher grade levels. It is concluded that each of the two style constructs has a unique value in explaining individual differences in human performance. Furthermore, the study makes another call for cultivating creative intellectual styles among school students. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China