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ERIC Number: EJ832895
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-1683-1381
Singapore High School Students' Creativity Efficacy
Tan, Ai-Girl; Ho, Valerie; Yong, Lim-Chyi
New Horizons in Education, v55 n3 p96-106 Dec 2007
Background: Singapore education adopted nurturing creativity and developing creativity efficacy among their students and children. This study investigated Singapore high school students' creativity efficacy based on the contemporary model of creativity (Amabile, 1983, 1996), self efficacy (Bandura, 1989, 1997) and inclusion education. Aims: Creativity efficacy of high school students was measured. Five scales were developed with reference to the context of learning of the participants: creativity self-efficacy (cognitive style), creativity self-efficacy (working style and personality trait), domain-specific efficacy with reference to everyday problem solving, civic responsibility and intercultural relationship. Sample: The participants were 510 high school students (46.5%, girls). The age range of the students was between 12 and 18 years old (M = 15.43 years old and SD = 0.87 years old). Method: The questionnaire survey was distributed to the participants who rated their responses on a five point Likert scale with anchors "1" "very much unlike me", "2" "unlike me", "3" "moderately like me", "4" "like me" and "5" "very much like me". Results: Alpha reliabilities of all the scales were high, between 0.7 and 0.9, indicating the presence of internal consistency. Significant correlations were observed among creativity self-efficacy (working style and personality trait), creativity self-efficacy (cognitive style), and everyday problem solving efficacy. Exploratory factor analysis on the scales yielded one factor, creativity efficacy, accounted for 54.1% of variance. Confirmatory factor analysis was performed to all subscales resulted in one factor model, with high fit indexes (0.98) and Cronbach's alpha (0.76). Conclusion: Singaporean high school students' scored moderately high for creativity efficacy, 80.5 (the lowest being 33, and the highest, 115). No significant gender difference was observed. Implications of the results of the study were discussed with reference to developing efficacies in the context of creativity education in Asian and Chinese societies. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore