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The Relationship between Achievement in Mathematics and Creative Thinking

by Alrwais, Abdulaziz M., Master, KSU, 1994, 168 pages

This study is aimed to investigate the relationship between mathematics achievement and creative thinking for middle school students in alkarj district. A random sample of 172 students has been chosen. The mathematics achievement was measured by a test that was prepared by the researcher himself and the test's validity and reliability was tested while creative thinking was measured by Torrance's test (B) that was adapted for the Saudi environment by Alnafih and others. The result was a positive correlation between mathematics achievement and creative thinking that was equal to 0.19, this correlation is of significant at a 0.05 level. In addition, this study presented differences in creative thinking between the group of high achievement and the group of low achievement in mathematics to a significant of 0.05 level. The study recommended that in order to classify a student's ability and aptitude, math achievement should not be the only factor, but rather the school should ably an abilities' test. Also, the study recommended that math curriculums should include some creative activities which lead students' imagination instead of only close questions.
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