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International Research Journal of Teacher Education

The relationship between creativity and logical thinking: A case of Iranian ESP teachers

Yasin Khoshhal*,  Fateme Hosseini

Department of English Language and Literature, University of Guilan, Rasht, Iran.

English Language Department, University of Zanjan, Zanjan, Iran.

Accepted 28 February, 2017.

Citation: Khoshhal Y, Hosseini F (2017). The relationship between creativity and logical thinking: A case of Iranian ESP teachers. International Research Journal of Teacher Education, 3(1): 036-143.

 

Copyright: © 2017 Khoshhal and Hosseini. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are cited.

Abstract

The relationship between creativity and logical thinking, particularly critical thinking, has been a matter of debate so far. The present study tries to observe whether a significant relationship exists between the two concepts. To this end, the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking (TTCT) was administered to 23 Iranian ESP teachers in order to have an understanding of their level of creativity. Then, a test which is aimed at making participants use their critical thinking ability was given to the teachers. This test was selected from the PhD entrance exam in Iran, typically known as the Logical Tests of GMAT. The Pearson correlation coefficient was used in order to identify whether a significant relationship exists between the two variables. Findings indicated that although there has been a direct relationship between creativity and critical thinking, it is not significant to a high degree. In this case, teachers who have been measured to be more creative could achieve a better score in GMAT test. With regard to the current results, the methods which tend to help the teachers to act more creatively are recommended to the ESP teachers in order to help them perform more critically in the desired situations.

Keywords:  ESP, critical thinking, logical thinking, analyzing, reasoning, creativity, creative thinking, GMAT test