An investigation of whether fantasy books, compared to same topic nonfiction, promote second graders' creativity
Creativity, creativity integration, elementary school, fantasy, figural transformations, literacy
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.
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Webb, Angela Naomi; Zhbanova, Ksenia S.; and Rule, Audrey C., "An investigation of whether fantasy books, compared to same topic nonfiction, promote second graders' creativity" (2019). Faculty Publications. 551.