Ali Riza ERDEM1, Duygu Cag ADIGUZEL2
1Adnan Menderes University, TURKEY.
Purpose: This study aimed to identify the views of primary school teachers on their creative thinking skills. The following research questions were addressed based on the aim of the study: (1) What are the primary school teachers’ views on their critical thinking skills? (2) Do primary school teachers’ views on their creative thinking skills differ according to their gender, seniority in the profession, and educational level?
Research Methods: In sampling distribution, the proportional sampling method was used and 421 classroom teachers took part in the study. The data were obtained through “How Creative Are You?” scale. In the analysis process, percentage and arithmetic means were used as parametric test, while Man Whitney U and Kruskal Wallis were used as non-parametric tests.
Findings: As a result of the data analysis obtained from the scales which were administered to the primary school teachers, the level of creativity of the primary school teachers were below average. Elementary school teachers’ views on their creativity levels were examined based on the variables of gender, professional seniority and educational level. The analyses revealed no statistically significant differences between primary school teachers’ views on their creativity levels according to their gender, professional seniority and educational level.
Conclusions: According to the results of the analysis, there was no statistically significant difference among the views on the level of creativity in terms of gender, seniority and educational level.
Keywords: Productive, innovative, thinking, education, opinion.