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ERIC Number: ED104472
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Pages: 13
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Creativity and Academic Motivation Variables as Predictors of Achievement in a Two-Year College for Educationally Marginal Students.
Richards, Ruth L.; Casey, M. Beth
This study was designed to test the validity of using creativity and academic motivation variables, in addition to the traditional variables of scholastic aptitude and high school GPA, as predictors of college GPA. The sample consisted of the 1973-74 freshman class at the College of Basic Studies (CBS) at Boston University; CBS is a two-year college designed for educationally marginal students. The predictor variables included: (1) personality measures from the Test of Effective Academic Motivation (TEAM); (2) overall measures of fluency, flexibility, and originality from selected items of the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking; (3) verbal and numerical SAT scores; (4) high school GPA; and (5) sex. The criterion variable was overall freshman GPA based on five CBS "core" courses. The TEAM test was administered to all freshman students upon college entrance. The Torrance Tests were given to all freshman students who were present at a required psychology lecture class during the first part of the fall semester; 54 percent of the freshman class was present. Results confirmed that SAT and GPA factors were strong and stable predictors of freshman GPA while Creativity was a stable, but very weak, third predictor. TEAM factors were poor and unstable predictors. (Author/DC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test); Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking