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ERIC Number: EJ796743
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1871-1871
Does Creativity Have a Place in Classroom Discussions? Prospective Teachers' Response Preferences
Beghetto, Ronald A.
Thinking Skills and Creativity, v2 n1 p1-9 Apr 2007
The purpose of this study was to examine prospective middle and secondary teachers' preferences for unique versus relevant student responses during classroom discussions. Results indicate that, on average, prospective teachers (N = 70) preferred relevance to uniqueness in student responses. In addition, results of regression analysis indicate that prospective teachers' preference for unique responses varied as a function of grade level and academic subject area. Finally, analysis of written explanations revealed nuanced reasons for prospective teachers' preferences ranging from viewing unique responses as potentially distracting to viewing any response as acceptable because of a desire to encourage student participation. Implications for future research and teacher education are discussed. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers; Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A