Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 9. Number 2. June 2018                                    Pp. 364 -378
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol9no2.24

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The Effects of a Creativity Training Program on Students’ Initial Perceptions of
Creativity: The Case Study of Mohamed First University, Morocco

Mohamed DIHI
Department of English Studies, Mohamed First University
Oujda, Morocco 

 Abderrahmane BOUAMRI
Department of Development Engineering, National School of Agriculture
Meknes, Morocco

 

Abstract:
Incorporating creativity in education is widely accepted to be a necessity in today’s rapidly changing world. However, in the case of Moroccan educational settings, it is noticed that schools continue to be characterized by traditional and conventional instruction. It is true that some students excel in traditional teaching delivery; however, creative learners are neglected and at risk of being rejected. Understanding the nature of creativity and putting it into action are of paramount importance for students to pursue creative opportunities in their own life. This study aims at (1) assessing 22 Moroccan Master’s students’ general perceptions and attitudes towards creativity; (2) improving students’ creativity by introducing them to a list of creativity techniques; (3) evaluating how effectively the proposed creativity training workshops have influenced students’ initial views of creativity. The study used questionnaire inquiry data analysis to collect both quantitative and qualitative data. The findings reveal that students hold positive attitudes towards creativity in education. More importantly, the study shows how the proposed creativity training workshops have positively affected students’ initial perceptions and attitudes towards creativity.
Keywords: Creativity techniques, effects, higher education, perceptions, teaching for creativity 

Cite as:  DIHI,M., &  BOUAMRI, A. (2018).  The Effects of a Creativity Training Program on Students’ Initial Perceptions of Creativity: The Case Study of Mohamed First University,. Arab World English Journal, 9 (2).
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol9no2.24

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Mohamed DIHI is a professor, researcher, and expert in creativity. He is a PhD student at the
Faculty of Letters and Humanities of Oujda (Morocco). He got a master’s degree in Educational
Technology. His researches revolve around the following topics: creativity, critical thinking,
blended learning, flipped classrooms, and educational technology.
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7222-2353