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Creativity and narrative task performance: An exploratory study.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>06/2004
<mark>Journal</mark>Language Learning
Issue number2
Number of pages34
Pages (from-to)277-310
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The aim of this article is to investigate the effect of creativity on performance in oral narrative tasks. Participants in the study were Hungarian learners whose creativity was measured with a standardized creativity test. We examined the relationships among 3 aspects of creativity—originality, flexibility, and creative fluency—and different measures of task performance. The findings suggest that the 3 components of creativity have a differential effect on the measures of task performance. Creative fluency was positively correlated with the quantity of talk. Originality was negatively related to the quantity of talk, and positive correlations were found between originality and the complexity of narratives. The magnitude of the correlations indicates that creativity affects participants’ output in narrative tasks only moderately.

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This is a pre-print of an article published in Language Learning, 54 (2), 2004. (c) Wiley.