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A Componential Analysis of Gender Differences in Scientific Creativity

Journal: Turkish Journal of Giftedness and Education (Vol.3, No. 2)

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Page : 53-65

Keywords : scientific creativity; gender differences; hypoth-eses generation; experiment design; evidence evaluation;

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In this study, an investigation was carried out to explore if there were any gender differences in scientific creativity and its components. Par-ticipants included 704 sixth grade students who applied to the Education Programs for Talented Students (EPTS) at Anadolu Universi-ty in the City of Eskişehir in Turkey. Of the total sample, 345 were female and 359 were male. Students’ scientific creativity was meas-ured using the Creative Scientific Ability Test (C-SAT). It measures fluency, flexibility and creativity and hypothesis generation, hypothe-sis testing and evidence evaluation. The analy-sis showed that male students scored signifi-cantly higher on fluency and creativity and hypothesis generation components of scientific creativity. Although male students had higher scores on flexibility, hypothesis testing and evidence evaluation components too, the differ-ences between the groups were not significant. The findings shows that gender differences in scientific creativity in childhood and adoles-cence might result from differences in some particular processes.

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