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ERIC Number: EJ888041
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0175
Expertise, Domains, and the Consensual Assessment Technique
Kaufman, James C.; Baer, John; Cole, Jason C.
Journal of Creative Behavior, v43 n4 p223-233 2009
The Consensual Assessment Technique (CAT) argues that the most valid judgments of the creativity are those of the combined opinions of experts in the field. Yet who exactly qualifies as an expert to evaluate a creative product such as a short story? This study examines both novice and expert judgments of student short fiction. Results indicate a need for caution in using non-expert raters. Although there was only a small (but statistically significant) difference between experts' and novices' mean ratings, the correlation between the two sets of ratings was just 0.71. Experts were also far more consistent in their ratings compared to novices, whose level of inter-rater reliability was potentially problematic. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California