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Assessing Creativity Test 52

Test Number 52
Title Preschool and Kindergarten Interest Descriptor
Author Rimm, S. B.
Category Rating Scale
Copyright Date 1983
Availability From publisher
Restrictions  
Age/Grade Level Ages 3-6
Cost $90.00 per class set of 30; $15.00 per specimen set.
Forms  
Source Educational Assessment Service, Inc.
Address W6050 Apple Road Watertown, WI 53098-3937
Phone 1-800-795-7466
Fax 920-261-6622
web or e-mail www.sylviarimm.com
Definition Creativity includes:Originality, imagination, playfulness, independence-perseverance, humor, and having many interests.
Purposes Designed to “Identify children with attitudes and interests usually associated with preschool and kindergarten creativity.”
Characteristics Generating Ideas Listening to One's Inner Voice Openness and Courage to Explore Ideas

Manual
Good The manual seems well-organized and clearly written. It includes a discussion of: definition and purposes, the target populations, uses, history and development, validity and reliability evidence, and administration directions.

Validity
Fair Concurrent validity was based on a composite score consisting of teacher ratings of creativeness and experimenter ratings of a picture and a brief dictated story, with 62 subjects ages 3-6 r=.38, with 14 subjects ages 4-5 r=.50, and 18 children r=.32. Con

Reliability
Fair Internal Consistency is reported at .92. The sample is small and not described.

Utility
Excellent Administration is recommended to groups of parents while they visit the school. There are 50 questions on a Likert-type scale from “no” to “definitely.” Responses are related to observations of the child’s interests and behaviors. The measure requires 20-35 minutes to complete. Scoring is by external service. Instructions to parents are clear.

Interpretation
Fair Reports scores for four dimensions: Originality, imagination, playfulness, independence-perseverance, and many interests. Percentile and NCE are reported. However, norms are based on 114 urban, rural, suburban, other relevant characteristics of subjects are not reported. Therefore, interpretation and applications of scores is difficult.

Propriety
Fair There is an effort to caution against misuses.

Reviews & Related Lit
MMY #10 1989, White, S.: “Psychometrically this test does not meet adequate standards as its norms are based on ‘114 children representing urban, suburban and rural populations.’” “It is felt that this test should be avoided and is inappropriate for the purpose for which it is designed.” Galvin, G.: A large representative sample is needed “then factor analytic reliability and validity studies need to be carried out and reported to the potential user in the manual.” ... This “is a good first step toward development of a creativity screening measure for preschoolers that may eventually prove to be more useful than teacher nominations.”


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