An exploration of creativity training for management students
Griffith, Thomas J.
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The research focused on an experimental study dealing with a teaching method for developing creative thinking in a business management classroom and the use of standardized creativity tests for measuring the effect of such training through pre/post testing of subjects. The treatment, creative training, is the independent (predictor) variable in the study which involved the deliberate and exaggerated use of imagination particularly Connection-Making and Synectics. The creativity measures were the Torrance Tests Of Creative Thinking (TTCT) and Remote Associates Test (RAT). Both of these creativity measures formed the dependent (criterion) variables in the study. The sample for this study consisted of 65 undergraduate students of both genders. Integrative complexity, a control variable, was operationalized as abstractness scores on Tuckman's Individual Topical Inventory. Perceptual style, a second control variable, was operationalized as field-dependence-independence on the Group Embedded Figures Test. The study included the analysis of covariance procedure to determine the effect of the training and a correlational study to determine the effect of conceptual levels (integrative complexity) and field dependence-independence on Creativity as measured by the TTCT and RAT. The analysis of covariance clearly demonstrated a siginificant improvement effect on creative thinking of subjects resulting from the training. Subjects did not demonstrate behavior consistent with theoretical propositions for integrative complexity and for perceptual style by responding more creatively at higher conceptual levels and field independence. The current development of education for creativity was highlighted in the study. Methods for encouraging creativity in Management were formulated and disclosed.
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