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Testing Creativity and Personality to Explore Creative Potentials in the Science Classroom

DOI zum Zitieren der Version auf EPub Bayreuth: https://doi.org/10.15495/EPub_UBT_00005893
URN to cite this document: urn:nbn:de:bvb:703-epub-5893-0

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Roth, Tamara ; Conradty, Cathérine ; Bogner, Franz X.:
Testing Creativity and Personality to Explore Creative Potentials in the Science Classroom.
In: Research in Science Education. (28 May 2021) .
ISSN 1573-1898
DOI der Verlagsversion: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11165-021-10005-x

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Abstract

Integrating creativity into science classes may pave the way to tapping complex scientific phenomena. Although not yet conclusively defined nor assessed using standardized measures, creativity is understood to support cognitive learning in formal and informal settings. However, the successful integration of creativity in educational modules depends on many factors. As our knowledge of how to identify these factors is still limited, teachers may have difficulties effectively monitoring and fostering creativity. Consequently, a valid means to measure creativity would help teachers to identify creativity and its influencing factors within the limited scope of science lessons. In the present study, we collected data from 538 Bavarian secondary school students (M ± SD = 16.96 ± 2.99; 65.4%, female) focussing on personality and creativity measures. Comparable to previous studies, two subscales for creativity were applied: act, comprising conscious and adaptable cognitive processes, and flow, describing a creative mental state of full immersion. Since personality is understood to be linked to creativity, we used the Big Five scale with its shortened item battery to assess personality. We found that personal characteristics such as conscientiousness and flow, openness and agreeableness, and extraversion and neuroticism were significantly correlated. Anticipated gender and age differences were only evident when extreme groups were compared: age influenced act in younger male students and flow in older female students. Drawing on the literature and our results, we suggest pedagogical approaches to provide opportunities for creativity in science classrooms.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Keywords: Creativity; Personality; Science education; CPAC; BFI-10; Gender; Age
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 370 Education
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Former Professors > Chair Didactics of Biology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Franz Xaver Bogner
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Former Professors
Language: English
Originates at UBT: Yes
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:703-epub-5893-0
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2021 05:51
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2021 05:51
URI: https://epub.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/5893

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