Implicit theories of creativity: A comparison of student-teachers in Hong Kong and Singapore

Khiok Seng QUEK, Kwok Keung HO, Kay Cheng SOH

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Abstract

This study attempts to uncover the beliefs regarding various aspects of creativity among trainee-teachers in Hong Kong and Singapore. Trainee-teachers from Hong Kong (N = 188) and Singapore (N = 127) completed a questionnaire on beliefs about creativity. The 30-item questionnaire covering 15 aspects of beliefs regarding creativity was presented to the respondents as a set of six-point Likert scales. Through factor analysis, creativity was found to have five dimensions: (1) physiology, (2) generality, (3) culture, (4) individuality and (5) youth. Hong Kong respondents were found to hold more rigid views of creativity than their Singaporean counterparts. In particular, Hong Kong respondents believed more strongly that creativity is dependent on birth order, effort, health, logical thinking and youth and that there is a critical period beyond which creativity may not develop. Copyright © 2008 Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-86
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Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008

Citation

Quek, K. S., Ho, K. K., & Soh, K. C. (2008). Implicit theories of creativity: A comparison of student-teachers in Hong Kong and Singapore. Compare, 38(1), 71-86.

Keywords

  • Beliefs
  • Creativity
  • Culture
  • Implicit theory
  • Trainee-teachers

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