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November 2021

Problem finding, creativity style and the musical compositions of high school students

Journal/Book: J Creative Behav. 1999; 33: 1050 Union Rd, Buffalo, NY 14224, USA. Creative Education Foundation Inc. 62-68.

Abstract: This study sought to understand the effect of problem finding and creativity style on the creative musical product. Participants (N = 32) were categorized by creativity style (adaptor or innovator) using the Kirton Adaption-lnnovation Inventory. The participants completed two musical composition problems involving two different degrees of problem finding behaviors: an open fill defined and a closed (more defined) problem. The resulting products were scored for creativity by three judges using a modified version of Amabile's ''consensual assessment technique.'' A repeated measures analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to analyze the data. The independent variables were composition problem type and creativity style, and the dependent variable was the creativity score on the open and closed problems. No significant differences due to problem type, creativity style, or the interaction of the two factors was found. This research supports the assertion of Kirton that adaption-innovation theory is a measure of creativity style rather than creativity level, but calls into question its use in individual creativity style.

Note: Article Brinkman DJ, Univ Wyoming, Dept Mus, Laramie,WY 82071 USA

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