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Assessing Creativity Test 17

Test Number 17
Title Creative Behavior Inventory
Author Kirschenbaum, R. J.
Category Rating Scale
Copyright Date 1989
Availability Available from publisher
Age/Grade Level Grades 3-12
Cost Current information available from publisher
Forms 2 levels: elementary and secondary
Source Creative Learning Press, Inc.
Address P.O. Box 320 Mansfield Center, CT 06250
Phone 888-518-8004
Fax 860-429-7783
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Definition Contact, consciousness, interest and fantasy are postulated as four of nine dimensions of creativity. Creativity is a potential attribute of all human behavior. It can exist as a behavior or as a product that can be studied in retrospect.
Purposes This was designed to measure “behavioral characteristics associated with creativity.”
Characteristics Openness and Courage to Explore Ideas Digging Deeper into Ideas Listening to One's Inner Voice Generating Ideas

Fair Included in Understanding the Creative Activity of Students along with the instrument,the manual is confusing. The support data is weak. The main purpose seems to be to predict which students ,already selected for a G/T program, are ready to be assigned

Fair Predictive validity is based on 196 students being considered for Gifted programing in two Connecticut school districts. There is little evidence that controls were in place as part of the research design. The claim by the author of high validity is qui

Fair Claims of reliability are based on a very small, biased sample. Cronbach’s alpha was computed for two scales which ranged .91 (Fantasy) to .98 (Interest). Stability ranged from .66 to .92 based on 3 teachers rating 18 students over one month.

Excellent Instructions are clear for administration and scoring. The teacher rates individual students using a scale 1 to 10 on 10 items. As part of the book, the manual clearly explains conditions for appropriate use.

Fair While some information is provided to help guide in the interpretation and application of the scores, it is not clear that the information can be generalized beyond the research sample. There are no data suggesting that scores could be useful in a selection process.

Good Provides basic information suggesting the proper use of this instrument, based on the claims of the author, as one of several instruments used in a selection process for special services.

Reviews & Related Lit
MMY # 11, 1992: “This instrument is not ready for use in situations requiring serious decisions about appropriate program placement.”

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