ERIC Number: ED050149
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
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The Mini Rat: Its Development and Some Evidence on Its Validity.
Lynch, Mervin D.
The Mini Rat (Remote Associates Test) was developed in response to the need for creativity measures with which one could study the consequences of elementary school teaching on the students' creative potential. It is an associative measure with 20 items in which children are asked to give verbal responses to word doublets in the form of third words which are more or less equally associated with each of the two words in the doublet. Thus, the test employs logic similar to that used in the original RAT which was developed for high school and college level students. Words for the Mini Rat items were selected from word lists and books suitable for grades 1-3. Two studies of the validity of the measure for children in grades 1 and 3 are described. The measure discriminated in expected ways between a priori categorized groups of high and low creative children. The hypothesis that it takes a creative person to recognize a creative child was not supported. Grade and sex differences were evident on one test form but not on another. Split-half reliability coefficients were .78 for Form A and .79 for Form B. (CK)
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Identifiers: Mini Rat (Remote Associates Test)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, New York, February 1971