A CROSS-NATIONAL STUDY OF PROSPECTIVE ELEMENTARY AND SCIENCE TEACHERS’ CREATIVITY STYLES
Authors: Andrej Šorgo, Vincentas Lamanauskas, Slavica Šimić Šašić, Milan Kubiatko, Pavol Prokop, Jana Fančovičova, Martin Bilek, Iztok Tomažič, Mehmet Erdogan
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1799 prospective teachers (596 males, 1203 females), enrolled in various departments (elementary school teaching and science teaching) in selected universities in Croatia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey, answered questionnaire on creativity styles. From the results of present study we can recognize that creativity potential of prospective elementary and science teachers is more on the adaptors’ side than on the side of innovators. The differences between prospective teachers, originating from different countries, study tracks and of different genders, even if statistically significant, are small (Cohen’s d below 0.2). From the perspective of the teacher educators it can mean that similar methods to enhance creativity can be used.