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Creativity: What does it mean to teachers? : A cross-cultural comparison
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Soh, K. C. (1999). Creativity: What does it mean to teachers? : A cross-cultural comparison. In M. Waas (Ed.), Enhancing learning: Challenge of integrating thinking and information technology into the curriculum: Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference of the Educational Research Association ( pp. 572-577). Singapore: Educational Research Association.
East-West cultural difference in the concept of creativity has in recent years become a
concern of creativity researchers. Two groups of teachers with different cultural backgrounds
were compared on their beliefs of the meanings of creativity. From their responses to a list of
descriptors, six interpretable factors were obtained: Aesthetics, Divergence, Product,
Association, Inventiveness, and Imagination. Differences were found for Divergence,
Association, and Inventiveness, where the English teachers have higher means. Implications
for the development of creativity, teacher-student relation, and classroom discipline are
This paper was published in the 1999 Proceedings of the ERA Annual Conference held at Plaza Parkroyal Hotel, Singapore from 23-25 November 1998
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