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ERIC Number: EJ993981
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0693
Progression of Chinese Students' Creative Imagination from Elementary through High School
Ren, Fujun; Li, Xiuju; Zhang, Huiliang; Wang, Lihui
International Journal of Science Education, v34 n13 p2043-2059 2012
For almost a century, researchers have studied creative imagination, most typically that of children. This article reports on a study of the development of creative imagination of Chinese youths and its relation to the educational environment. Data consisted of 4,162 students from grades 4 through 12. Findings showed that students' creative imagination increased as the grade in school increased from grades 4 through 11, but decreased slightly at grade 12. Students' creative imagination was lower in elementary school than that in middle school. The pace of development was also different in different stages. In different grades, youths used different ways to express their imagination. Students of "excellent" academic performance had the highest creative imagination, followed by students of "fairly good", "medium" and "poor" academic performance. Student-centred teaching methods were associated with higher creative imagination. Students whose teachers had a more supportive attitude showed better creative imagination. Finally, taking part in science-related competitions and frequently visiting science venues were related to the development of students' creative imagination. Some implications and recommendations for development of students' creative imagination are also proposed. (Contains 4 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9; High Schools; Middle Schools
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China