Investigating the effect of teaching the course "creativity development in children" upon creativity improvement of third grade female students in the field of babysitting at Shiraz technical high schools


1 Ph D Student

2 Faculty member of teacher education


For the purpose of studying the effect of the course creativity development in children (that is one of the courses taken by third grade female students in the field of babysitting at the technical high school) on the creativity improvement of the same students, a semi-experimental method with the control group and pretest-posttest was used and a sample consisting of 108 third year female students of Shiraz technical high schools were selected based on GAP of 14-17( out of 20) and an IQ of 90-110. Of this group, 54 students in the field of babysitting were considered as the experimental group. They passed the same course unit during the school year.

The other 54 subjects were selected from among other fields of study in the technical high schools as the control group.

This group had not taken the course unit in question. The most important question was whether providing the course "creativity development in children" was effective upon creativity improvement of students in the field of babysitting.

To answer the questions, both groups took a pretest by Torrance verbal creativity test (from A) at the beginning of the school year and at the end of the year. Again, both groups, the experimental and the control one were evaluated using form B of Torrance test (post- test).

Creativity scores of the two groups and the scores of the experimental group (pretest and post-test) were compared by t-test. Findings showed an increase in the creativity score of the students in the field of babysitting (the experimental group). The scores of this group as compared with those of the control group showed significant superiority in the elements fluidity, expansion, and the total score as well. In addition, based on the multivariate regression findings of the independent variables, the field of study, mother, job and students achievement (GAP) were better predictors for the dependent variable, which is creativity.