Promoting Creativity in Nursing Education

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Shortly after the University of Iowa Implemented a new, integrated curriculum in 1974, a study of creativity was initiated because one goal of the process curriculum is to foster creativity. Hypotheses of no difference between beginning and graduating students and between old and new curriculum students were tested by means of Student's t test with Activities 5, 6, and 7 of Verbal Form A. Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking used as the criterion measure. The null hypotheses were rejected in favor of the beginning students and the old curriculum students, respectively (p <.05). Hypotheses of no relationship between creativity and American College Testing scores and admit grade point average were tested by computing Pearson product moment correlation coefficients. All values of r were nonsignificant. Further research on a number of aspects of creativity in nursing is suggested.

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