NOTES FROM THE TRENCHES: A CONFIRMATORY FACTOR ANALYSIS OF THE ATTITUDINAL SURVEY OF TEACHERS' PERCEPTIONS OF CLASSROOM CREATIVITY
Cates-Collins, Jessica A
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Creativity is an important lifetime skill for students to develop, and it is commonly mentioned as an important component of lessons, curriculum and classroom practice. The landscape of today’s classroom is shaped by accountability measures and other quantifiable student achievement data, which leave little room for teachers to nurture and grow creativity in their students. The present study utilized a convenience sample of 213 elementary teachers for an n of 181, from a large school district in Texas to conduct a confirmatory factor analysis of The Attitudinal Survey of Teachers’ Perceptions of Classroom Creativity (ASTPCC), an online Likert survey instrument created and piloted by the researcher. The CFA confirmed three components identified in the exploratory factor analysis done on the same instrument. The resulting instrument measures three constructs of classroom creativity, teacher creativity, student creativity and creativity as a teaching tool, along with overall attitude toward classroom creativity, with a total of 13 attitudinal items. Using the factor structure identified in the CFA, a series of ANOVA’s were run, based on the identified factor components as dependent variables, along with demographic information such as, years of experience, level of education and creativity training as the independent variables. The ANOVA’s revealed significant relationships between teachers’ years of experience and hours in creativity training with their overall attitude toward classroom creativity. The ASTPCC, a reliable and valid instrument as demonstrated by this study, can be used by practitioners and researchers to better understand the landscape of classroom creativity in today’s classrooms.