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Volume 11 : 5 May 2011
ISSN 1930-2940

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A Study on Language Creativity of College Students

Uvaraj. T., M.A. (Eng.), M.Sc. (Psy.), M.Ed. (Edn.), Ph.D. Scholar


Guilford opened the present era of research in creativity with his 1950 presidential address to the American Psychological Association. In this address, he alerted the psychologists to the need for work on creativity. His 'Structure of Intellect Model' has re-defined intelligence so as to include creative behaviour.

Freeman (1976) observed that it is necessary to differentiate between creative elements in several fields, each of which has its own special requirements as well as elements. The scientist, technicians, business person, etc. all have creative talent that pertains to the specific fields. Similarly poets, novelist and writers display a peculiar type of creativity in their writings that can be called as language creativity. Language creativity is very important to present the ideas effectively and clearly.

Operational Definition

Malhotra and Sucheta Kumari (1990) defined Language creativity "as the multi-dimensional attitude that is differently distributed among the people and includes mainly the factors of fluency, flexibility, originality and elaboration". Fluency is a quantitative aspect of creativity, i.e. coming up with large quantity of ideas, words, and ways of expressing them. Flexibility is referred to as thinking up a variety of ideas and new way of dealing with situation. Originality is designated as uncommon with respect to figural, verbal of symbolic transformation. Elaboration is referred to ability by giving one or two simple lines on a complex object or given situation. Syed Malik refers "College students as those who are enrolled in three year under graduate course in Arts and Science College, in which first year Arts and Science group students are considered for the study." (Dictionary of Education: 2008)

Objectives of the Study

The following are the objectives of the study:

1. To find out the language creativity of Arts and Science College students.
2. To find out whether there is any significant difference between language creativity of male and female students in Arts and Science College.
3. To find out whether there is any significant difference between language creativity of Government and Private Arts and Science College students.
4. To find out whether there is any significant difference between language creativity of urban and rural students in Arts and Science College.
5. To find out whether there is any significant difference between language creativity of Arts group and Science group students in Arts and Science College.

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Uvaraj. T., M.A. (Eng.), M.Sc. (Psy.), M.Ed. (Edn.), Ph.D. Scholar
Junior Research Fellow
School of Education
Pondicherry University
Puducherry - 605014
Puducherry Union Territory

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