Models and Methods of Assessing Creativity

James C. Kaufman, Christina M. Russell and Jonathan A. Plucker

in The Oxford Handbook of Child Psychological Assessment

Published in print April 2013 | ISBN: 9780199796304
Published online May 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Models and Methods of Assessing Creativity

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Creativity assessment has been studied for nearly as long as creativity itself. In this chapter, we review many different ways of measuring creativity. Most common are divergent thinking tests, including the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking, although they are not without controversy. More recently, expert raters have been used to evaluate creative work, as outlined in the Consensual Assessment Technique. Peers, teachers, and parents have also been asked to assess a child's creativity, and self-ratings can be used as well. Finally, we provide a rationale for including creativity as part of a battery of assessments.

Keywords: creativity; assessment; creativity tests; divergent thinking; Consensual Assessment Technique; self assessments

Article.  6733 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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