2018 Student Research Conference:
31st Annual Student Research Conference

Expressions of Creativity Among Majors 

Deja Bolton
Dr. Paul Shapiro and Dr. Amber Johnson, Faculty Mentors

This study examines the perceived level of creativity among science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors compared to Non-STEM majors attending a four year liberal arts institution. A pen and paper survey was conducts at Truman State University with a sample size of 164 students. Results suggest that differences between a STEM and Non-STEM major effects personal evaluation of creativity and the individuals engagement in creative activities on a daily basis in connection with thought processing, innovativeness, and problem solving skills. Students’ academic success has also been strongly correlated to preparedness within the classroom, which encourages examination of preferred teaching styles among majors. Results show a significant correlation in STEM majors preference for pop quizzes and practice problems versus Non-STEM majors preference for class discussion over lecture. By using an abridged version of Kumar & Holman’s Creativity Style Questionnaire-Revised, this study provides further research into understanding the frameworks of creativity.

Keywords: Non-STEM, STEM, majors, liberal arts , creativity, teaching styles


Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 8-12
Location: GEO - SUB
Time: 3:30

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