Facilitating Creativity in Science Students’ through Teacher Professional Development
AbstractThe study ascertained how teachers facilitate the creativity skills of the Pupils as an outcome of professional development. 450 primary school pupils and 50 Basic science teachers in the primary schools were sampled. The study adopted the Solomon four group design. The Torrance Test for Creative thinking (TTCT) and the creativity checklist (CCh) was the instrument used to collect data. The reliability of the instrument was 0.78 established using Kuder-Richardson (K-R 21). The research questions were answered using mean while the hypotheses were tested using Two-Way ANOVA. Findings shows the experimental groups –A and B were significantly higher in creativity as assessed by TTCT scores in comparison to the control groups. Students in the experimental groups (A and B) scored significantly higher with group A out-performing group B on th post-test creativity checklist. The researcher recommended that a programme of continuing education for teachers in relation to creativity at all levels of the education system especially at the primary school level be utilized.
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