A Preliminary Study on The Level of Creativity Among Chemistry Students in District of Melaka Tengah
Nowadays, 21st-century education emphasizes creative thinking skills among students all over
the world. Creativity is not only limited to art education but can also apply to STEM education
inclusive of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to solve the real-world
problems. However, there are still few studies in Malaysia that focused on creativity in
secondary school. The purpose of this study is to identify the level of students’ creativity based
on four creativity domains including fluency, flexibility, originality and elaboration. The
research used survey design involving 54 students that underwent Chemistry subject in Melaka
Tengah district as the sample. This study used an open-ended question consisting of a Chemistry
Creativity Test to collect data. The data were analyzed using a quantitative and qualitative
approach. The study found that overall levels of chemistry students’ creativity were at the lowest.
The result also reported the majority of chemistry students were unable to solve the real-world
problem in many ways, lacking in producing a lot of ideas, the ideas were less originality and
lack of idea elaborations. The implication of this study is to provide awareness of teachers to
improve the student’ creative thinking through effective teaching and learning strategy.