Faculty Publications

Title

An investigation of whether fantasy books, compared to same topic nonfiction, promote second graders' creativity

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Creativity, creativity integration, elementary school, fantasy, figural transformations, literacy

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Education 3-13

Volume

47

Issue

1

First Page

116

Last Page

131

Abstract

Narrowing of the curriculum because of standardised testing has caused creativity to be neglected in many schools; integration into reading instruction may provide a solution. This repeated measures study incorporated figural transformation drawings after a read-aloud of a book highlighting nutrition information as a way to both review book comprehension and integrate creativity. Nineteen second graders, aged 7–9 years from Iowa, USA, participated in 16 weekly trials, alternating between a nonfiction nutrition book and a fantasy book presenting true nutrition concepts. Results showed significantly greater creativity generally and in specific creative skill areas under the fantasy condition.

Original Publication Date

1-2-2019

DOI of published version

10.1080/03004279.2017.1409782

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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