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Original article | International Journal of Research in Teacher Education 2022, Vol. 13(3) 27-37

Innovative Thinking Tendencies of Middle School Students in the Light of Different Variables

Nur Akcanca

pp. 27 - 37   |  Manu. Number: MANU-2209-19-0001

Published online: September 26, 2022  |   Number of Views: 11  |  Number of Download: 50


Abstract

Adapting to today's world which is in constant change is directly related to the adoption of an innovative understanding. Gaining this innovative perspective also constitutes the primary aim of education. Developing innovative thinking skills of students, especially at their early ages, is also considered important to shape their future lives. In order to develop these mentioned skills, first of all, it is necessary to determine the current innovative thinking tendencies of the students and to clearly reveal their relationship with different variables. Starting from this point of view, the aim of this study was settled as determining the innovative thinking tendencies of middle school students and revealing their relationship with different variables. This study that corresponds with the survey model was conducted with 356 middle school students (5th-8th grades). Innovative Thinking Tendency Scale was used as a data collection tool in the research. The sub-dimensions of the scale are innovative self-efficacy, openness to innovation, innovative problem solving, innovative perseverance and innovative group leadership. Mann Whitney-u and Kruskal Wallis tests, which are from non-parametric tests, were used in the analysis of the data. As a result of the research, while no significant difference was detected between students' innovative thinking tendencies and sub-dimensions, gender, grade level, and students' receiving awards; significant differences were found between the number of siblings, family income levels and academic grade point averages. In addition, it is among the results obtained from the research that students' innovative thinking tendencies are at a moderate level. Within the scope of the results obtained from the research, it is recommended to compare the educational experiences to be carried out with different teaching techniques and methods in order to constantly renew the educational conditions and to support the innovative thinking tendencies of the students.

Keywords: Innovative thinking skills, Innovative thinking tendencies, Middle school students


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Akcanca, N. (2022). Innovative Thinking Tendencies of Middle School Students in the Light of Different Variables . International Journal of Research in Teacher Education, 13(3), 27-37.

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Akcanca, N. (2022). Innovative Thinking Tendencies of Middle School Students in the Light of Different Variables . International Journal of Research in Teacher Education, 13(3), pp. 27-37.

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Akcanca, Nur (2022). "Innovative Thinking Tendencies of Middle School Students in the Light of Different Variables ". International Journal of Research in Teacher Education 13 (3):27-37.

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