... This article is based on a paper presented at the April 5, 1972, meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Chicago. Volume 6 Number 2 Second Quarter 1972 The Journal 0' Creative Behavior Journal had ever published a study on creative thinking, I was surprised though pleased, to find that Elkind, Deblinger, and Adler (1970) had documented what I had long assumed to be true. These investigators tested 32 children ranging from five to 12 years on three creativity measures. Each child was tested twice, once when taken from an ongoing "interesting" task and one when taken from an ongoing "uninteresting" task. When the children expected to return to an "uninteresting" task, they were almost twice as "creative" as they were when they anticipated the resumption of an "interesting" activity. In my teaching and research I had observed this phenomenon hundreds of times. I "knew" that it was true. To me, it was so obvious that it required no documentation. Still, I was pleased to see such documentation. I realize, too, that my deep involvement in creativity research and teaching may also make me unfit to evaluate the status of knowledge on teaching children to think
The Journal of Creative Behavior – Wiley
Published: Jun 1, 1972
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