Development of the Ability in Creative Problem Solving of Early Childhood Education Major Students by Using Group Process Activities

Abstract

In order to produce quality early childhood education teachers, one of the important skills is problem solving ability. In addition creative problem solving ability helps students to understand and adapt to the rapidly changing society better. The aim of this research was to study and compare development of creative problem solving ability of early childhood education major students by using group process activities and to compare levels of problem solving abilities before and after participating group process activities. The researcher collected data from students in their first to fourth year of early childhood education major from Lampang Rajabhat University by using purposive sampling method targeting 40 students. The instruments used in the research were of the group process activity observation form and creative problem solving ability test. The researcher conducted group process activity once a week for four weeks. The research used Mean and standard deviation (S.D.) to analyze the results. The results from the research show that 1) Behavior of the early childhood education students after attaining in the group process activities was overall in a good level. 2) The ability of the early childhood education students in creative problem solving was overall higher under the mean 14.92 (before) and 27.4 (after). The conclusion can be drawn that students who participated in the research became more confidence and were willing to express more flexible opinions. They have a variety idea to solve. Therefore the results support that group process activities improve creative problem solving abilities.



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Siriporn Wongtakom, Lampang Rajabhat University, Thailand

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Conference: ACE2016
Stream: Student Learning, Learner Experiences and Learner Diversity

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