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Volume 3, Issue 1, 2012, ISSN 1948-5786
 
 
Contexts of Creative Thinking: A Comparison on Creative Performance of Student Teachers inTaiwan and the United States.  Amber Yayin Wang

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This article compares the differences in creative thinking between student teachers in Taiwan and the United States, and attempts to understand the factors that may cause the difference. The results show that the most distinctive difference between the two groups is the ability of elaboration. The findings suggest that creative thinking has more to do with beliefs than practices. The strong belief in a particular teaching perspective, whether product- or process-oriented, may have a negative impact on creative thinking, and that developing reading, writing, and self-expression abilities is likely to help develop the ability of elaboration. Full Article

 

Chinese children's rationales for lying about good deeds: A narrative approach
Minghui Gao

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This study examines Chinese children’s ethical rationales for lying about good deeds. Forty-one Chinese children participated in interviews that focused on their lived experiences of lying about good deeds and the moral meanings they constructed for the experiences. Findings indicate that four ethical rationales for lying about good deeds exist in variations in the way Chinese children react to the attitudes of authority, rules of right conduct, peers’ responses, and personal feelings. In revealing the socio-moral intricacy of lying about good deeds, this study helps readers appreciate the subtle character of moral thought and action not only within Chinese culture, but beyond. Full Article