Audacity of creativity assessment


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The Audacity of Creativity Assessment

Bonnie Cramond, Ph.D.
Torrance Center
The University of Georgia


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  • 1.There are false negatives. There are intelligent and creative individuals who do not get high scores on intelligence and creativity measures for many reasons related to the person, the test, their expression of their abilities, and the conditions of testing. Therefore, the identification process should include behavioral observations that are ongoing in addition to tests. 2.There are not likely to be false positives. Given valid measures, it is not likely that a student will get a high score on an intelligence test and not be intelligent, or a high score on a creativity test without creative thinking. So, educators should look carefully at a student whose scores on tests are much higher than his/her performance. It is unlikely the test score is a false positive; it is more likely that the student is underachieving or has some type of learning disability.3. All tests are not equal. So, one could get very different scores on two different measures of the same construct if the tests are based on different conceptions of the construct. (Of course, differences in the validity and reliability of tests can cause score differences, too.) Therefore, educators should carefully consider the abilities that different tests measure in choosing one for the identification of a gifted student. For example, some tests are very verbal and others are visual or performance-based. If the child’s strengths are known, a test that is most likely to demonstrate the child’s strengths (or minimize weaknesses) should be chosen.4. Assessments have a short shelf life. The content and form of the tests, as well as the norms, should be updated periodically to ensure that they are still relevant and representative of current populations. For example, the pictures on some IQ tests have been updated so that children of color are included and old-fashioned lace-up shoes were deleted. The Torrance Tests are re-normed every 10 years. Using a test with outmoded items or obsolete norms will produce invalid results.5. Assessment results have a short shelf life, too. Constructs such as intelligence and creativity are now largely considered to be dynamic and developmental rather than fixed amounts at birth. Therefore, students may get different results on measures as they grow and develop. That is one reason that identification for the gifted program should be ongoing, and not considered the sole responsibility of the elementary school. 5. No assessments have pinpoint accuracy. They all have standard errors of measurement. In other words, they all have ranges of error that can occur randomly. So, one should never require a pinpoint score for admission to a gifted program; the
  • Audacity of creativity assessment

    1. 1. The Audacity of Creativity Assessment Bonnie Cramond, Ph.D. Torrance Center The University of Georgia
    2. 2. A Metaphor
    3. 3. Psychological Assessment
    4. 4. Sometimes a Snapshot Doesn‘t Tell the Whole Story…
    5. 5. Caveats and Considerations1. There are false negatives2. There are not likely to be false positives.3. All tests are not equal4. Assessments have a short shelf life.5. Assessment results have a short shelf life, too.6. No assessments have pinpoint accuracy.
    6. 6. Any Psychological Measurement is Audacious…• But provides us with valuable information.• We must remember limitations and use judiciously• Value is in predictive validity
    7. 7. Predictive Validity of Creativity Assessment• Creativity measures, such as divergent thinking test scores and creativity inventory scores, are generally predictive of creative activities, interests, and accomplishments later in life• (Cline, Richards, & Needham, 1963; Kogan&Pankove, 1974; Rimm& Davis, 1983; Russ, Robins, &Christiano, 1999; Torrance, 2002).
    8. 8. Methods and Instruments forAssessing Creativity ShouldBased Upon the Answers to Some questions…
    9. 9. Cognitive Ability or Personality Trait? • Minnesota Multiphasic• Guilford‘s Structure of Personality Inventory (MMPI) Intellect • Neo Personality Inventory (NPI) • Gough‘s Creative Personality Scale for the Adjective Checklist
    10. 10. Eminent or Everyday• Historiometric/biogr • Lifetime Creativity aphical approach Scales ―A first rate soup is more creative than a second rate painting‖ Maslow Galton
    11. 11. Aptitude or Achievement• Torrance Tests of • Consensual Creative Thinking Assessment Technique--Amabile
    12. 12. Holistic, Subjective Specific, Objective Judgments, or Criteria • Creative Product Semantic• Consensual Assessment-- Scale (CPSS) or Amabile • Creative Product Analysis Matrix (CPAM)*-- Besemer&O‘Quin • Cropley&Cropley *Novelty Surprising Originality Resolution Logicalness Usefulness Value Understandability Elaboration and Synthesis Organic qualities Well-craftedness Elegance
    13. 13. Child or Adult• Group Inventory for Finding • Remote Associates Talent for grades k-6 (GIFT)– Rimm Test (RAT)—Mednick• Group Inventory for Finding • Most personality Interest for grades 6-12 (GIFFI)-- Davis &Rimm measures Bass Complex Sleep Deep Bald Screech Emblem Eagle Blood Music Cheese Blood Room Blood Salts Bath Rabbit Cloud House White
    14. 14. Divergent or Convergent Thinking• TTCT—Torrance • Flanagan Ingenuity Test• Tests of Creative Thinking Divergent Production— A hostess for a children‘s Urban &Jellen party wanted to serve ice cream in an interesting manner, and she decided to make a clown for each child. She placed a ball of ice cream to represent the clown‘s head on a round cookie which served for a collar, on top of this she inverted a A. t _ _ e. D. c _ _ e. B. u _ _ i. E. t _ _ r. C. r _ _ s. • Answer is D, cone.
    15. 15. In Context or Decontextualized• Measures of Creativity in Sound and Music (Wang) • TTCT• The Seashore Measures of Musical Talents (Seashore, • Williams Tests Lewis, &Saetveit) • TCTDP• The Barron-Welsh Art Scale• The Meier Art Test• The Horn Art Aptitude Inventory• The Graves Design Judgment Test
    16. 16. General or Specific• Guilford Tests • Consensual• Torrance Tests Assessment• Personality tests Technique Bandwidth--width of measurement vs. fidelity-- precision of measurement ‗
    17. 17. Self or OtherRunco Ideational Scales for Rating the Behavioral CharacteristicsBehavior Index-- of SuperiorRunco &Plucker Students (SRBCSS) Renzulli The student demonstrates...Quality of ideas is more 12. imaginative thinking ability.important the quantity 13. asense of humor.SD D N A S A 14. the ability to come up with unusual, unique, or clever responses. 15. an adventurous spirit or a willingness to take risks. 16. the ability to generate a large number of ideas or solutions to problems or questions.
    18. 18. Person Process•Personality Scales •Tests of Divergent thinking and other creative processes•Neurobiological Indicators suchas low latent inhibition —e.g.Carson, Peterson, &HigginsProduct PressProduct rating systems, such as KEYS—AmabileThe Student Product AssessmentForm (Reis &Renzulli) Situational OutlookBesemer and O‘Quin‘s, and Questionnaire (SOQ) –EkvallCropley&Cropley‘s A Creative Attitudes Survey—Consensual Assessment Basadur&HausdorfTechnique--Amabile
    19. 19. ―Success is the child of audacity‖ Disraeli (1833)