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Postformal thinking and creativity among late adolescents: a post-Piagetian approach.
Adolescence 2008; 43(170):237-51A

Abstract

This study investigated the relationship between cognitive development levels and creative performance among late adolescents from a post-Piagetian perspective. Participants were 386 college students, ranging in age from 19 to 26 years. The Social Paradigm Belief Scale was employed to measure the three cognitive styles of late adolescence: formal, relativistic, and dialectical thinking. The Divergent Thinking Test (DTT) was used to measure creative performance. Dialectical and relativistic thinking were positively correlated with creative performance, whereas formal thinking was negatively correlated. Planned contrasts revealed that postformal thinkers scored higher than formal thinkers in all dimensions of creativity, and additional MANOVA analysis exhibited a similar pattern. Multiple discriminant analysis showed that the linear combination of the six dimensions of creativity recognized in the DTT discriminated between formal and postformal thinkers, which supported our findings about the relationship between postformal thinking and creativity. Future research directions and implications for creativity pedagogy are discussed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Center for Teacher Education, Cheng Shiu University, Taiwan, Republic of China.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18689099

Citation

Wu, Pai-Lu, and Wen-Bin Chiou. "Postformal Thinking and Creativity Among Late Adolescents: a post-Piagetian Approach." Adolescence, vol. 43, no. 170, 2008, pp. 237-51.
Wu PL, Chiou WB. Postformal thinking and creativity among late adolescents: a post-Piagetian approach. Adolescence. 2008;43(170):237-51.
Wu, P. L., & Chiou, W. B. (2008). Postformal thinking and creativity among late adolescents: a post-Piagetian approach. Adolescence, 43(170), pp. 237-51.
Wu PL, Chiou WB. Postformal Thinking and Creativity Among Late Adolescents: a post-Piagetian Approach. Adolescence. 2008;43(170):237-51. PubMed PMID: 18689099.
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