1. bookVolume 2 (2015): Issue 1 (June 2015)
Journal Details
License
Format
Journal
eISSN
2354-0036
First Published
16 Apr 2015
Publication timeframe
2 times per year
Languages
English
access type Open Access

Has Creativity Research Become a Trivial Pursuit?

Published Online: 26 May 2015
Volume & Issue: Volume 2 (2015) - Issue 1 (June 2015)
Page range: 44 - 48
Received: 30 Nov 2014
Accepted: 22 Dec 2014
Journal Details
License
Format
Journal
eISSN
2354-0036
First Published
16 Apr 2015
Publication timeframe
2 times per year
Languages
English
Abstract

Based on Glăveanu’s target article, issues raised about the psychometric approach to creativity research are examined. Criticisms of divergent thinking tests, such as the unusual uses of an object test, are examined. Arguments supporting the theoretical and practical utility of divergent thinking tests are presented. It is furthermore suggested that tests are best conceived and used in contextualized ways. The example of measures of divergent thinking which were designed for managers is presented. Finally, the psychometric approach encompasses many aspects of creativity beyond divergent thinking, as illustrated by recent work on the evaluation of creative potential (the EPoC battery). In the EPoC assessment, both divergent-exploratory thinking and convergent-integrative thinking are measured in a range of contextual domains, such as the visual-graphic, verballiterary, social problem solving ones. This work contrasts with the simplistic, and restrictive view of the unusual uses of an object test as the epitome of the psychometric approach to creativity.

Keywords

Caroff, X., & Lubart, T. (2012). Multidimensional Approach to Detecting Creative Potential in Managers. Creativity Research Journal, 24, 1, 13–20; DOI: 10.1080/10400419.2012.652927.10.1080/10400419.2012.652927Search in Google Scholar

Glăveanu, V. P. (2014). The psychology of creativity: A critical reading. Creativity. Theories – Research – Applications, 1, 10-32; DOI: 10.15290/ctra.2014.01.01.02.10.15290/ctra.2014.01.01.02Search in Google Scholar

Guilford, J. P. (1950). Creativity. American Psychologist, 5, 444-454.10.1037/h0063487Search in Google Scholar

Kim, K. H. (2008). Meta-Analyses of the Relationship of Creative Achievement to Both IQ and Divergent Thinking Test Scores. The Journal of Creative Behavior, 42, 2, 106–130; DOI:10.1002/j.2162-6057.2008.tb01290.x.10.1002/j.2162-6057.2008.tb01290.xSearch in Google Scholar

Lubart, T., Besançon, M., & Barbot, B. (2011). EPoC: Evaluation du potentiel créatif [Evaluation of potential creativity]. Paris : Hogrefe.Search in Google Scholar

Lubart, T., Mouchiroud, C., Tordjman, S., & Zenasni, F. (2003). Psychologie de creativité [Psychology of creativity]. Paris: Armand Colin.Search in Google Scholar

Scratchley, L. S., & Hakstian, A. R. (2001). The measurement and prediction of managerial creativity. Creativity Research Journal, 13, 3-4, 367–384; DOI:10.1207/S15326934CRJ1334.Search in Google Scholar

Sternberg, R.J. & Lubart, T. (1995). Defying the crowd. New York: Free Press.Search in Google Scholar

Recommended articles from Trend MD

Plan your remote conference with Sciendo