Elementary students, creativity, and technology

Proctor, Romina & Burnett, Paul C. (2002) Elementary students, creativity, and technology. Computers in the Schools, 19(1), pp. 33-48.

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This article reports on the impact on student personal creativity of a longitudinal study that had as its major goal the creation of a unique intervention program for elementary students. The intervention was based on the National Profile and Statement (Curriculum Corporation, 1994a, 1994b) for the curriculum area of technology. The intervention program comprised thematically based units of work that integrated all eight Australian Key Learning Areas (KLA). A pretest/posttest control group design investigation (Campbell & Stanley, 1963) was undertaken with 580 students from 7 schools and 24 class groups that were randomly divided into 3 treatment groups. One group (10 classes) formed the control group. Another 7 classes received the year-long intervention program, while the remaining 7 classes received the intervention, but with the added seamless integration of their available classroom computer technologies. The effect of the intervention on the personal creativity characteristics of the students involved in the study was assessed using the Creativity Checklist, an instrument that was developed during the study. The results suggest that the purposeful integration of computer technology with the intervention program positively affects the personal creativity characteristics of students.

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ID Code: 26846
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Creativity, Intelligence, Computers, Elementary, Students
DOI: 10.1300/J025v19n01_04
ISSN: 1528-7033
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Research and Commercialisation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Haworth Press
Deposited On: 17 Aug 2009 22:03
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2009 22:03

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