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Test Number 23
Title Creativity Checklist
Author Johnson, D. L.
Category Rating Scale
Copyright Date 1979
Availability Out of print
Age/Grade Level K-grad school
Cost No information available.
Forms One form, two pages.
Source No information available
web or e-mail  
Definition Components of creativity include: fluency, flexibility, resourcefulness, constructional skill, ingenuity, independence, and positive self-referencing behavior.
Purposes This checklist was developed “specifically to identify overt creativity observed by at least one other person.” It seeks to identify creativity in various settings.
Characteristics Generating Ideas Digging Deeper into Ideas Openness and Courage to Explore Ideas Listening to One's Inner Voice

Poor The manual is limited in its contents. The description and number of subjects is not given.

Fair The items are based on Torrance’s and the author’s definitions of creativity. Correlation with the TTCT were .56. Correlation with the RAT =.51, and .51 with the Preconscious Activity Scale. These results are weakened due to lack of adequate descriptions

Poor No reliability data is reported.

Fair Instructions are limited and could have been written more clearly. The instrument is untimed and requires 15 to 20 minutes to complete up to 26 subjects. Descriptions of the characteristics are given in the record form. Scoring is done by a trained observer.

Fair Eight behaviors based on Torrance’s definition of the processes of creativity are noted and scored by the observer. The lack of norming information makes score interpretation and application difficult.

Poor Instructions for structuring the observation, or how to avoid bias are missing.

Reviews & Related Lit
MMY # 9, 1985: Dwinell, P. “Publication of the Creativity Checklist appears to be premature. …Nevertheless, the items in the checklist represent rather salient characteristics and, used as a quick didactic device to observe behavior, may be useful.” Hawthorne, L. W.: “Given the technical and conceptual problems of the CCh, there is no reason to recommend it over unaided observation.” Seven references are listed in the manual.

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