Developing creative thinking skills on adolescents through play-based pedagogic planning principles

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Abstract

Purpose: Shifting global employability requirements highlight the need for creative thinking in learners.
Objective: To examine whether creative thinking skills in adolescents can be enhanced through a play-based teacher planning methodology.
Design: The improvement in creativity, measured by the WCR Creative thinking test, over a four week study period, was assessed for three groups, namely pedagogy of play (PoP) intervention; student focused planning (SFP) and teaching as usual (TAU).
Methods: A total of 59 pupils (34 male)with non-significant pre-test creativity differences spread across three classes mean age 12, with 23, 26 and 10 in the PoP, SFP and TAU groups respectively.
Result: The mean improvement for the three groups was 3.10, -5.08 and -3.92 for PoP. SFP and TAU respectively. Mixed ANOVA showed a significant group x time interaction. Post-hoc tests indicated that the improvement for the PoP group was significantly greater than for the other two groups. Furthermore, high group standard deviation (SD) for the WCR test indicated higher creativity diversity and the change post intervention for SD was highest for the PoP group (+2.43) while decreasing in TAY (-4.3) and SFP groups (-3.85).
Conclusions: Only the PoP group showed a significant increase in their creativity suggesting a) that current planning methods are not having any beneficial impact to the creative thinking skill of the pupils and b)it is possible to make a measurable positive difference in this by manipulating the teachers pedagogical standpoint and planning tools. Results are discussed focusing on the UK secondary framework.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jun 2019
EventBPS Division of Academics Researchers and Teachers Annual Conference - Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Jun 20195 Jun 2019

Conference

ConferenceBPS Division of Academics Researchers and Teachers Annual Conference
Abbreviated titleDART-P
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityCardiff
Period4/06/195/06/19

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