The relationship of birth order and socioeconomic status to the creativity of preschool children

dc.contributor.authorLichtenwalner, Joanne Sallyen
dc.contributor.departmentChild Developmenten
dc.description.abstractThe creativity of 68 middle- and lower-class Caucasian preschool children attending a nursery school, kindergarten, or day-care center in Southwestern Virginia was measured by an object-identification originality test developed by Elizabeth K. Starkweather at the Oklahoma State University. Each child was tested individually by the investigator in an isolated room or special testing room. The Mann-Whitney U Test was employed to analyze differences, with a confidence level of .05. First born and only children were significantly more creative than later-born children. Middle-class children were significantly more creative than lower-class children. It was concluded that enrollment in a preschool program alone is not sufficient to increase the creativity of lower-class children to the level of their middle-class peers. It was also pointed out that some lower-class children were exceptionally creative and that further research into the home environments of these preschoolers might provide the answer to this puzzle. Experimental programs designed to increase creativity are needed to determine whether or not divergent thinking can be taught.en
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen
dc.format.extentvi, 65 leavesen
dc.publisherVirginia Polytechnic Instituteen
dc.relation.isformatofOCLC# 38366935en
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.subject.lccLD5655.V855 1968.L48en
dc.titleThe relationship of birth order and socioeconomic status to the creativity of preschool childrenen
dc.type.dcmitypeTexten Developmenten Polytechnic Instituteen of Scienceen


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