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Test Number 1
Title A Childhood Attitude Inventory for Problem Solving
Author Covington, M. V.
Category Self-Report Inventory
Copyright Date 1967
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Age/Grade Level Upper Elementary
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Address Dr. Martin V. Covington, Psychology Dept., University of California, Berkeley, CA.
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Definition Creativity is approached as involving novel or unusual ideas in the context of solving open-ended and ambiguous or ill-defined problems.
Purposes Designed to assess the student’s attitudes toward problem-solving and his/her self-concept as a creative problem solver. Originally designed to support research on the effectiveness of the Productive Thinking Program.
Characteristics Generating Ideas Openness and Courage to Explore Ideas Listening to One's Inner Voice

Manual
Poor No manual

Validity
Poor None reported

Reliability
Fair Stability over 5 weeks with 325 subjects was reported as .69 for Scale I and .65 for Scale II.

Utility
Fair Designed for group administration. The format is paper and pencil using true/false, and yes/no answers.

Interpretation
Fair Scale I reports the child’s attitudes toward solving open-ended or ill-structured problems. Scale II reports the child’s self-confidence as a creative problem solver.

Propriety
Poor Not addressed

Reviews & Related Lit
The instrument has been used in several published experimental studies of the effectiveness of the Productive Thinking Program, including studies by researchers other than the program’s developers. Training in methods of solving open-ended, ill-defined problems was reported in several studies as producing significant gains in attitudes as measured by this instrument.


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