ERIC Number: ED062924
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Relationships Between Figural Creativity and Grades in a College of Fine and Applied Arts.
Stallings, William M.; Gillmore, Gerald M.
For the past several years, entering University of Illinois freshmen have been required to participate in a "College Diagnostic Testing Program." A central purpose of this program has been to improve the prediction of course grades and of overall gradepoint averages (GPA) within the various colleges of the university. The unit for which the prediction of course grades and overall GPA has traditionally proved most refractory has been the College of Fine and Applied Arts (FAA). This is assumed to be so because these evaluations include a judgment of the student's exhibited creativity as well as his technical competence. One would expect to find significant relationships between measures of creativity and grades in courses presumably eliciting creative behavior. Therefore, in the fall of 1968 over 300 freshmen in FAA were administered the Figural Test of the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking during the diagnostic testing. The results show that the Torrance Figural Test has little utility in enhancing the prediction of course grades in FAA. This would indicate that either the test is invalid or that creativity is not rewarded in FAA courses. (HS)
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Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana.
Note: Paper presented at the 1972 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, April 1972