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South African Medical Journal

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Academic achievement and creative thinking in Souh African medical students - An empirical study

Albert Rothenberg

Abstract


Objective. To assess whether the capacity for creative thinking among medical students is related to academic advancement.

Design, setting, subjects, outcome measures. A timed word association test standardised and scored to assess the tendency for creative thinking was administered to 22 development programme students at the University of Cape Town. Results were compared with grades at the end of the academic year.

Results and conclusions. There was a significant association (P < 0.05) between ranking in the upper half of the group and creative thinking scores, indicating that creative thinking may be an asset in medical education for educationally disadvantaged students.




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