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Test Number 33
Title Group Inventory for finding Talent (GIFT)
Author Rimm, S. B
Category Self-Report Inventory
Copyright Date  
Availability From publisher
Age/Grade Level Grades K-6
Cost $90 per class set of 30; $15 per specimen set.
Forms K – 2 Primary level, Grades 3 – 4 Elementary Level, Grades 5 – 6 Upper Elementary Level
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 involves independence, curiosity, perseverance, flexibility, breadth of interest
Purposes Designed to identify students with attitudes and values usually associated with creativity. To screen elementary school students for programs for the creatively gifted.
Characteristics Openness and Courage to Explore Ideas Digging Deeper into Ideas Generating Ideas Listening to One's Inner Voice

Good The manual seems “user-friendly.” It presents discussions of: definition and purposes, target populations. uses, norms, validity and reliability evidence, history and development, and administration and scoring instructions. The information is limited, ho

Good Criterion validity is reported to range from .25 to .54 compared with teacher ratings. Construct validity was developed by including “items which describe the concomitant personality characteristics of creative children as assessed by other creativity ins

Good Stability after 6 months was .56. Split-half reliability was .80, .86 and .88 for the 3 levels.

Excellent The measure can be administered to groups by any professional in about 20-45 minutes (depending on age.) Instructions are clear. Items call for yes or no responses to personality and biographical statements. Some are in a “non-creative” direction. Scoring is external.

Good Percentiles and NCE are based on the scores of 8000 students stratified by grade in rural, urban, and suburban settings with minority and white representation in five geographical areas. Some items seem to tap style instead of level. Some item analysis would be helpful.

Good The manual does caution against misuse of the scores. It is available in Spanish.

Reviews & Related Lit
MMY #9, 1985. Dwinell, P. L.: “GIFT does not appear to be an especially strong instrument for identifying creativity; however, it is brief and easy to administer. When used with other identification procedures it can be considered useful and fairly valid for selecting students of varied backgrounds and cultures to participate in special programs which would encourage creative behavior.” MMY #9, 1985. Wright, D.: “As a self report inventory intended to assess creativity with elementary students, the GIFT appears to be alone in its class at this time. A much more extensive manual should be made available to users, with complete information on norms and reliability…[I]t is at most a screening device of unproven validity, best employed as an adjunct to more conventional methods of identifying children of exceptional ability.” Davis, G. A., & Rimm, S. (1982a). GIFFI I and II: instruments for identifying creative potential in the junior and senior high school. Journal of Creative Behavior, 16(1), 50-57. Davis, G. A., & Rimm, S. (1982b). Group Inventory For Finding Interests (GIFFI) I and II: instruments for identifying creative potential in the junior and senior high school. Journal of Creative Behavior, 16(1), 50-57. Dwinnell, P. L. (1985). Review of Group Inventory for Finding Interests (GIFI). In: J. Mitchell, Jr. (Ed.). The ninth mental measurements yearbook. (Vol. 1, pp. 362-363). Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press. Rimm, S., Davis, G. A., & Bien, Y. (1982). Identifying creativity: a characteristics approach. Gifted Child Quarterly, 26(4), 165-171. Rimm, S. (1983, March/April). Identifying creativity (part I). Gifted Child Today, 27, 34-37. Rimm, S. (1984). The characteristics approach: identification and beyond. Gifted Child Quarterly, 28, 181-187. Rimm, S. (1987). Marching to the beat of a different drummer. Gifted Child Today, 10 (1), 2-6. Rimm, S. (1988). Identifying underachievement: the characteristics approach. Gifted Child Today, 11(1), 50-54. Rimm, S., & Culbertson, F. (1980a). Validation of GIFT, an instrument for the identification of creativity. Journal of Creative Behavior, 14(4), 272-273. Rimm, S., & Davis, G. A. (1976). GIFT: an instrument for the identification of creativity. Journal of Creative Behavior, 10(3), 178-182. Rimm, S., & Davis, G. A. (1980b). Five years of international research with GIFT: an instrument for the identification of creativity. Journal of Creative Behavior, 14(1), 35-46. Rimm, S., & Davis, G. A. (1983). Identifying creativity (part II) self-report inventories and the characteristics approach. Gifted Child Today, 29(S/O), 19-23.

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