UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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Name of Author: 
Ng, Li Khoon
Institute: 
Thesis (M.Ed.) National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
Supervisor: 
Soh, Kay Cheng
Year of completion: 
2001
Country: 
Singapore
Country of Research Data: 
Singapore
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

The study was prompted by the changes in education and its new emphasis and interest in creativity and computer technology in Singapore schools. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether the use of computers could enhance creativity among Primary 4 gifted pupils in Science, encompassing both general creativity and creativity in science. This study also explores the relationship between the two and whether attitude towards Science and achievement in Science would be enhanced in the process of using computers. Other factors such as observation power were also explored. The data were collected by a number of instruments administered to a sample of 40 Primary 4 pupils comprising 33 boys and 7 girls from a Special Assistance cum Gifted Education Programme school. The pupils were partially randomly assigned to either the experimental or control groups. The instruments used were a personal data survey, online Student style questionnaire, research-constructed general creativity tests and Science creativity tests, New south Wales Examination in Science and teacher-constructed Science Continual Assessments 1 and 2. Results of the data analysis showed a significant difference for General Creativity for the control group over the experimental group. There were no significant improvements for Creativity in Science and achievement in Science. There was a significant improvement in pupils' attitude towards Science for the control group over the experimental group. Finally, the results also showed no significant correlations among general creativity, creativity in Science and observation power.

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