EFFECT OF BRAINSTORMING STRATEGY IN DEVELOPING CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS AMONG PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS IN MATHEMATICS
Keywords:Brainstorming strategy, Creative Problem Solving Skills and Mathematics
The study investigated effect of brainstorming strategy in developing creative problem solving skills among primary school pupils in mathematics. This study was carried out in Living World Academy Primary School in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State. Based on the objectives of the study, two research Questions and two hypotheses were posed for the study. Quasi-experimental design was used for the study adopting pre-test posttest, non-equivalent control group design. A sample size of nine-eight (98) pupils was used in the study. The experiential group had (51) pupils while the control group had (47) pupils. The experiential group was taught mathematics using brainstorming strategy while control group was taught the same concept using conventional method. The instrument for data collection was 25item multiple choice objective test questions constructed by the researchers. The items internal-consistency had a reliability co-efficient (r) of 0.74 determined using Pearson product Moment Correlation. The findings of the study showed that there are statistical significant differences between the experimental group and the control group in the total scores and the sub-skills of the creative problem solving skills in the favour of the experimental group indicating the effectiveness of using brainstorming strategy in developing creative thinking skills. Some useful recommendation was Primary school mathematics teachers should use brainstorming strategy in teaching difficulty topics in mathematics.