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There has been a pressing need in creativity research to discover interactive relationships that can predict creative problem solving, particularly in the fastest growing demographic segment in public schools, immigrants. This study examined the best predictor for creative problem solving attributes of English Language Learners (ELLs) among family processes, beliefs about intelligence, and openness. 198 mathematically promising third graders in seven public schools were selected and administered questionnaires on their family processes, beliefs about intelligence, openness to experience, and creative problem solving attributes. It was found that the Asian English learners' creative problem solving were predicted better with their incremental Beliefs about Intelligence (effort), whereas confidence was a better predictor for Hispanic students.


This work was originally presented at the American Educational Research Association Conference in Vancouver, BC.



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