A Preliminary Investigation into Creativity Fostering Behaviors of Maker Teachers in Shanghai
Wednesday, March 20 3:00-3:20 PM Location: Sunset 3
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to evaluate creativity fostering behaviors of maker teachers and examine its relationships with teachers’ individual creativity. A 27-item self-rating scale based on nine creativity fostering behaviors identified by Cropley (1997) was developed for questionnaire survey. A total of 54 maker teachers in Shanghai participated in this study. According to the results, maker teachers have achieved a high average score in creativity fostering behaviors among which the highest score is in the dimension of Opportunities. However, in some dimensions, the characteristics and advantages of maker teachers have not been reflected, such as Flexibility, Judgement, Question and Independence. It is found that maker teachers’ creativity fostering behaviors is related to age, years of service and educational qualification, but not to their own creativity, which also shows that maker teachers cannot transform their creativity into teaching behaviors to support the development of students’ creativity.