A Performance-based study of the effects of schooling on students’ creativity and creative self-efficacy

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Rip, Stephanie L.
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education
Creativity continues to be a prevalent topic amongst educators; there remain questions about what it encompasses, and how to foster it amongst systemic pressures. Consideration has also been given to how self-efficacy affects creative achievement, and the impacts of schooling on creative self-efficacy. My thesis holistically explores the question: how do educational practices affect students’ creativity and creative self-efficacy? Based on a review of the literature, I present a definition and model of creativity, which illustrate the interaction between environment, skills/dispositions, domain areas, product, and self-efficacy. In my research, I engaged five recent graduates in a process of questionnaires, interviews, and dramatization/playbuilding. The results revealed areas of strength and areas for growth in our educational system. Particularly, participants indicated that safe, positive, and encouraging teachers and environments help to develop students with high creative self-efficacies, which make them more willing to engage creatively, and more resilient to educational pressures.
education , creativity , creative self-efficacy , playbuilding