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Creative teachers and teaching strategies

The primary purpose of this thesis is to identify the personality traits of creative teachers, their teaching practices and the relationship between the two. It was hypothesized that teachers who could be identified as being creative on a personal level would carry through their creativity into the teaching environment. Towards the resolution of this hypothesis, two questionnaires were prepared, one of which dealt with the determination of the personal characteristics of creative teachers while the other dealt with creative teaching practices. The personal characteristics questionnaire was derived from summaries of studies by E. Paul Torrance and Donald W. MacKinnon in which they listed traits of creative people. The creative teaching practices questionnaire was designed in accordance with what leading authorities claimed as ways to encourage creativity in children. (See more in text.)

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