ERIC Number: ED411635
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Oct-17
Student Responses to Creativity Checklists: Evidence of Content Generality.
Plucker, Jonathan A.
This study re-examined three previous studies on creativity in an attempt to address the question of whether creativity is content general or content specific. Statistical re-examinations were conducted that involved inferential statistical analyses (factor analysis and multivariate analysis) of correlation matrices representing student scores on creative activity checklists. Each of the three reanalyses includes a brief description of the original study and a summary of the researchers' original conclusions followed by a re-examination of the data. The studies involved analysis of: (1) activity checklists of high school seniors who qualified to be National Merit Finalists; (2) activity checklists of college freshmen; and (3) revised checklists completed by undergraduate students. The overall re-analysis study found a number of discrepancies requiring further research, but suggests that in regard to the content general or content specific question there is a method effect. Performance assessments produce evidence of content and task specificity, while creativity checklists suggest that creativity is applied generally across disciplines. (Contains 36 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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