Study at the Arabian Gulf University Explores Factors Influencing the Creativity Gap Among Students

A recent study, discussed in a thesis submitted for a PhD of Philosophy in Gifted Education by researcher Ms. Maha Salem Al Mutairi, examined the relationship between creativity among gifted and ordinary students in Kuwait in relation to family variables. The study involved 357 students, with 179 being gifted students from the Sabah Al Ahmad Centre for Giftedness and Creativity (SACGC), and 178 ordinary middle and high school students.

Ms. Al Mutairi used various scales to assess creativity, intellectual behaviour, and family variables. The results revealed that gifted students showed higher creativity outside of school, while both gifted and non-gifted students demonstrated creativity in school. Family variables like family size and birth order were found to influence creativity among gifted students.

The thesis recommended providing opportunities for gifted students to engage in workshops, scientific centres, and clubs to enhance their creativity. It also suggested involving students in school decision-making processes and integrating creative thinking strategies into the curriculum. Creating a conducive environment at home and school, offering training for teachers, and utilising social media for learning were also recommended.

The thesis emphasised the importance of fostering creativity in the learning process, believing in students’ creative abilities, and creating an environment that supports creativity.

The study was supervised by Prof. Alaaeldin Ayoub, Professor of Measurement, Evaluation and Statistics at the Arabian Gulf University (AGU), and Dr Ahmed Al Abbasi, Associate Professor of Gifted and Creative Education at AGU. The thesis was published in the Journal of Creative Behaviour, a prestigious international journal.

Prof. Fatema Ahmed Al Jasim, Professor of Gifted Education and Thinking Education at AGU, was an internal examiner, while Dr Amna Aba Al Khail, Professor of Special Education at the University of Jeddah, was an external examiner. The study is significant as the first in the Arab world to explore factors influencing the creativity gap among students.

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