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Something new in the garden: Assessing creativity in academic domains

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Author(s): ELENA L. GRIGORENKO | LINDA JARVIN | MEI TAN | ROBERT J. STERNBERG

Journal: Psychology Science Quarterly
ISSN 1866-6140

Volume: 50;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 295;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: creativity | competency | proficiency | assessment | reading comprehension

ABSTRACT
Although not generally included in the classroom curricula of the past, creativity and creative thinking are emerging as important skills that can and should be taught. While considering current research and definitions of these constructs, this paper proposes an understanding of the construct of creativity as a skill that can be actively and constructively nurtured within the context of the classroom. Presenting empirical work in which analytical assessment and creative assessment data are collected from 1120 students within the same test of reading comprehension, and the psychometric properties of each are evaluated and compared using item-response theory (IRT), we share results that reflect the differentiation of skills and variations in analytical and creative competencies. By this means, we also pose a way of developing proficiency scales for creativity, as well as ways to naturally integrate the encouragement of creativity in the classroom.
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