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Title: Creative giftedness and dyslexia
Authors: Martinelli, Victor
Camilleri, Doriella
Keywords: Gifted children -- Education -- Malta
Ability in children
Dyslexia -- Malta
Dyslexics -- Education -- Malta
Creative teaching
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: University of Malta. Faculty of Education
Citation: Martinelli, V., & Camilleri, D. (2016). Creative giftedness and dyslexia. Malta Review for Educational Research, 10(1), 97-109.
Abstract: Empirical studies of the relationships between dyslexia and creativity are inconsistent. While some anecdotal evidence suggests that there is a positive association between the two, some research suggests that such associations emerge in adulthood rather than in childhood or adolescence, usually as the result of adverse life experiences. The aim of this study was to examine whether adolescents with dyslexia possess superior creativity, measured through a standardised test battery, the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT), in comparison to age peers. Participants were additionally assessed on a modified version of the Wisconsin Association Talent and Gifted Guide (WATG). The participants in this study were students diagnosed with dyslexia (N=38) and asymptomatic students (N=38) aged 13 years four months (average). The members of the group with dyslexia had been previously diagnosed and identified as students with additional educational needs. The participants in the research group were matched with asymptomatic (students without dyslexia) participants for age, socio-economic status, ability and type of school attended. Although there were apparent indications that the adolescents with dyslexia rated themselves as less creative than their asymptomatic counterparts, they performed better on most subscales of the TTCT. However, in this study, despite the slightly higher scores of students with dyslexia, the differences regarding creativity were not statistically significant. Within the limitations of the study, no support was found for the hypothesis that adolescents with dyslexia are highly creative or even perceived themselves to be so.
ISSN: 17269725
Appears in Collections:MRER, Volume 10, Issue 1
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