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Assessing Creativity Test 70

Test Number 70
Title Thinking Creatively in Action and Movement
Author Torrance, E. P.
Category Test
Copyright Date 1981
Availability Contact publisher
Restrictions  
Age/Grade Level Ages 3-8
Cost Starter Set, 43.20
Forms One Form
Source Scholastic Testing Service.
Address 480 Meyer Road Bensenville, IL 60106-1617
Phone 800-642-6STS
Fax 630-766-8054
web or e-mail www.ststesting.com
Definition Creativity includes fluency, originality and imagination
Purposes Designed “to sample … creative thinking abilities of preschool children.”
Characteristics Listening to One's Inner Voice Openness and Courage to Explore Ideas Generating Ideas

Manual
Good The manual provides discussion of : the measure’s target populations and uses, norms, interpretation, evidence of validity and reliability, and the instructions for administration and scoring.

Validity
Good Sub-scores and totals are compared with traditional Piaget measures of convergent and divergent thinking. Comparisons with divergent test responses were in the .50’s and were significant in most cases.

Reliability
Good Stability on four separate activities was .58 to .79. The overall correlation was .84 for a sample of 3- to 5-year-olds over 2 weeks. Inter-rater reliability was .90 to .99. MMY #9, in 1985, reported that a limited body of data had been gathered.

Utility
Excellent The instructions are clear. The examiner becomes involved with the child in the introductory phases of the testing activities. The test is administered individually taking from 10 to 30 minutes. Verbal and/or action responses recorded. Instructions for scoring are clear easy to follow.

Interpretation
Fair Scores are provided for fluency, originality and imagination. Score conversion tables are provided, but only for children 3-6 years. Interpretation is difficult due to the limited body of data.

Propriety
Poor Information is not available.

Reviews & Related Lit
MMY #9, 1985: Renzulli, J. S. “The TCAM represents an important contribution to the field …As is always the case with instruments that explore new domains of human potential, there is a need for additional studies…” Rust, J. O. “The TCAM is a useful experimental instrument… The current edition appears to fill a niche in the assessment of creativity. The reviewer is not aware of a better test for assessing creativity for 3- to 8-year-olds.” Evans, D. (1986). Review of Thinking Creatively in Action and Movement. In: D. Keyser & R. Sweetland (Eds.). Test critiques. (Vol. 5, pp. 505-512). Kansas City, MO: Testing Corporation of America. Reisman, F. K., Floyd, B., & Torrance, E. P. (1981). Performance on Torrance's Thinking Creatively in Action and Movement as a predictor of cognitive development of young children. Creative Child and Adult Quarterly, 6(4), 205-209. Reisman, F. K., & Torrance, E. P. (1980). Alternative procedures for assessing intellectual strengths of young children. Psychological Reports, 46(1), 227-230. studies…” Rust, J. O. The TCAM is a useful experimental instrumentÉ The current edition appears to fill a niche in the assessment of creativity. The reviewer is not aware of a better test for assessing creativity for 3- to 8-year-olds.Ó Evans, D. (1986). Review of Thinking Creatively in Action and Movement. In: D. Keyser & R. Sweetland (Eds.). Test critiques. (Vol. 5, pp. 505-512). Kansas City, MO: Testing Corporation of America. Reisman, F. K., Floyd, B., & Torrance, E. P. (1981). Performance on Torrance's Thinking Creatively in Action and Movement as a predictor of cognitive development of young children. Creative Child and Adult Quarterly, 6(4), 205-209. Reisman, F. K., & Torrance, E. P. (1980). Alternative procedures for assessing intellectual strengths of young children. Psychological Reports, 46(1), 227-230.


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