UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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Title of Proceedings: 
international conference on Redesigning Pedagogy: Culture, Knowledge and Understanding, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Month of Conference: 
May 2007
Name(s) of Author/Editor(s): 
EE Jessie, TAN Oon Seng, and NG Aik Kwang,
Kirton (1976) described two creative styles, namely adaption and innovation. Adaptors prefer to "do things better" whilst, innovators prefer to "do things differently". This study explored the relationship between two creative styles (adaptor and innovator) and the Big Five personality traits (extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness to experience) and how they subscribe to creativity, risks and goal orientations. A total of 206 Ngee Ann Polytechnic students from Singapore completed a self-report questionnaire, which consisted of the Kirton Adaption-Innovation Inventory (Kirton, 1976), NEO-Five Factor Inventory (Saucier, 1994), Learning Goal Scale (Ng, 2003), What Kind of Person Are You Self-Report Inventory (Khatena & Torrance, 1976), Gough's Creative Adjective Checklist, Risk Scenerio & Risk Taking Attitude Scale developed by Ng. It was found that adaptors were significantly more conscientious and neurotic and are likely to subscribe to risk avoidance and adopt ego approach or ego avoidance orientations than innovators, while innovators were significantly more extraverted and open to experience and are likely to subscribe to creativity, risk taking and mastery goal orientations than adaptors. No significant differences were found between adaptors and innovators in agreeableness. Implications for the findings for the classroom teacher will be discussed.
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