Creative thinking and entrepreneurial behavior among k-12 teachers: a predictive study

Roque do Carmo Amorim Neto, Vinicius Picanço Rodrigues, Arnaldo Melendez

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This study aimed at investigating the influence of creative thinking on teachers’ entrepreneurial behavior and the demographic characteristics correlated with teachers’ entrepreneurial behavior. Participants were 344 U.S. public school teachers. The mean age was 42.1 (SD = 11.5) and the mean years of teaching experience was 14.6 (SD = 10). Female teachers comprised the larger gender group (n = 250, 73%). The results indicated that age and creative thinking were the only variables showing significant unique contributions to entrepreneurial behavior. These findings highlight the importance of creativity for teachers trying to innovate in the classroom. The results also indicate that accumulated experience allows older teachers to better understand how the different layers of the educational system function.

 

***  Pensamento criativo e comportamento empreendedor entre professores da educação básica: um estudo preditivo ***

Este estudo teve como objetivo investigar as influências do pensamento criativo e de características demográficas no comportamento empreendedor de professores do ensino básico e médio. Os participantes foram 344 professores de escolas públicas dos Estados Unidos. A idade média foi de 42,1 (desvio padrão = 11,5) e a média de anos de experiência foi de 14,6 (desvio padrão = 10). Professoras compreendem a maioria da amostra (n = 250, 73%). Os resultados indicaram que a idade e pensamento criativo são as únicas variáveis significativas que contribuem para o comportamento empreendedor em professores. Esses resultados demonstram a importância da criatividade para professores que tentam inovar em sala de aula. Os resultados também mostraram que a experiência acumulada permite aos professores mais velhos entender melhor como as diferentes camadas do sistema educacional funcionam.

Palavras-chave: Pensamento criativo; Variáveis demográficas; Comportamento empreendedor; Professores.

 


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Creative thinking; Demographics; Entrepreneurial behavior; Teachers.

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