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Psychometric Issues in the Assessment of Creativity

  • William B. Michael
  • Claudia R. Wright
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Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)

Overview

In this first section, an overview of the remaining seven divisions of the chapter is presented. The second section affords a brief description of categories of instrumentation to provide the reader with a foundation within which the psychometric issues in the assessment of creativity can be viewed. In the third section, psychometric concerns pertaining to construct validity, content validity, and criterion-related validity are addressed. Subsequent to an abbreviated review of the meaning of reliability, concerns regarding optimal approaches to the estimation of reliability of creativity measures are considered in the fourth section. The impact upon reliability and validity of scoring procedures is examined in the fifth section with particular emphasis on the presence of fluency as a confounding factor in the interpretation of scores of measures of divergent thinking. The sixth section provides a survey of a number of the difficulties encountered in establishing normative data for the understanding of scores on measures of creativity. A cursory exploration of a few selected issues in the administration of tests of creativity follows in the seventh section, and the eighth section contributes a concluding statement.

Keywords

Discriminant Validity Convergent Validity Creative Thinking Criterion Measure Divergent Thinking 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William B. Michael
    • 1
  • Claudia R. Wright
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Department of Educational Psychology and AdministrationCalifornia State UniversityLong BeachUSA

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