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Assessing Creativity in the 
Classroom: 
Paramount or Paradox? 
Lisa Rubenstein, Ph.D. 
Purdue University 
September 30, 2...
Discussion 
http://padlet.com/lisarubenstein8/ 
vcu026khqiif
How do you define 
creativity?
Definitional Debate 
Continuum of Cs (Kaufman & Beghetto) 
Person, process, product, press (Rhodes) 
Sociocultural depende...
Fuzzy 
Definition 
Fuzzy 
Assessment
Fuzzy 
Definition 
“How do you break it to 
them? It is not quite right 
but its great? How can 
you stand in judgement of...
How should we 
assess Mathematics?
“How do you break it to 
them? It is not quite right 
but its great? How can 
you stand in judgement of 
somebody else’s 
...
How should we 
assess mathematics? 
How are these 
questions alike or 
different? 
How should we 
assess creativity?
General Assessment 
Guidelines 
Assessments cover important content, 
process skills, and ideas. 
Assessments match specif...
Assessments cover 
important 
content, skills, 
and ideas.
What is the purpose 
of assessment?
Why assess? 
Diagnostic Tool 
Growth Measurement 
Competency Evidence 
Student Metacognition 
Inform Instruction
Assessment methods and requirements 
probably have a greater influence on 
how and what students learn than any 
other sin...
Why assess? 
Diagnostic Tool 
Growth Measurement 
Competency Evidence 
Student Metacognition 
Inform Instruction 
what is ...
What makes something 
worth assessing? 
Fundamental 
Transferable 
Useful 
Vital to professional Life 
Vital to everyday L...
Why is creativity 
worth assessing?
Assessments match 
specific goals.
Which is 
more 
creative?
Creativity is not 
animals with long 
eyelashes. 
Lilian Katz
If creativity is as 
important as literacy 
(Robinson)... 
Then we need specific 
objectives that 
address it.
Dual Objectives 
Content Objective: 
Creative Objective:
My Possible 
Suggestions 
Fluency 
Flexibility 
Originality 
Elaboration 
Application 
Risk Taking 
Choose. 
Question Aski...
Let’s say the content 
goal is to write an 
acrostic poem... 
What could the 
creative goal be?
Susan 
Brookhart
Wiggin’s Rubric
Multiple 
assessments 
provide a more 
accurate and 
nuanced picture.
Assessing Creativity 
Appraise creativity 
separately. 
Deliberately. 
For smaller projects, 
give feedback and 
allow cor...
General Assessment 
Guidelines Review 
Assessments cover important content, 
process skills, and ideas. 
Assessments match...
Questions? 
Best wishes! 
LMRUBENSTEIN@BSU.EDU
Creativity Assessment in the Classroom: Paradox or Paramount?
Creativity Assessment in the Classroom: Paradox or Paramount?
Creativity Assessment in the Classroom: Paradox or Paramount?
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Creativity Assessment in the Classroom: Paradox or Paramount?

  1. 1. Assessing Creativity in the Classroom: Paramount or Paradox? Lisa Rubenstein, Ph.D. Purdue University September 30, 2014
  2. 2. Discussion http://padlet.com/lisarubenstein8/ vcu026khqiif
  3. 3. How do you define creativity?
  4. 4. Definitional Debate Continuum of Cs (Kaufman & Beghetto) Person, process, product, press (Rhodes) Sociocultural dependent (Craft; sternberg)
  5. 5. Fuzzy Definition Fuzzy Assessment
  6. 6. Fuzzy Definition “How do you break it to them? It is not quite right but its great? How can you stand in judgement of somebody else’s creativity?” Participant quote from Myhill & Wilson (2013) Fuzzy Assessment
  7. 7. How should we assess Mathematics?
  8. 8. “How do you break it to them? It is not quite right but its great? How can you stand in judgement of somebody else’s crmeaatthiveimtya?t”i cs?” How should we assess Mathematics?
  9. 9. How should we assess mathematics? How are these questions alike or different? How should we assess creativity?
  10. 10. General Assessment Guidelines Assessments cover important content, process skills, and ideas. Assessments match specific goals. (Direct Alignment) Multiple assessments provide a more accurate and nuanced picture.
  11. 11. Assessments cover important content, skills, and ideas.
  12. 12. What is the purpose of assessment?
  13. 13. Why assess? Diagnostic Tool Growth Measurement Competency Evidence Student Metacognition Inform Instruction
  14. 14. Assessment methods and requirements probably have a greater influence on how and what students learn than any other single factor. -Boud, 1988, pg. 35
  15. 15. Why assess? Diagnostic Tool Growth Measurement Competency Evidence Student Metacognition Inform Instruction what is worth assessing?
  16. 16. What makes something worth assessing? Fundamental Transferable Useful Vital to professional Life Vital to everyday Life
  17. 17. Why is creativity worth assessing?
  18. 18. Assessments match specific goals.
  19. 19. Which is more creative?
  20. 20. Creativity is not animals with long eyelashes. Lilian Katz
  21. 21. If creativity is as important as literacy (Robinson)... Then we need specific objectives that address it.
  22. 22. Dual Objectives Content Objective: Creative Objective:
  23. 23. My Possible Suggestions Fluency Flexibility Originality Elaboration Application Risk Taking Choose. Question Asking Problem Solving Collaboration/ Communication Connections Imagination Visualization
  24. 24. Let’s say the content goal is to write an acrostic poem... What could the creative goal be?
  25. 25. Susan Brookhart
  26. 26. Wiggin’s Rubric
  27. 27. Multiple assessments provide a more accurate and nuanced picture.
  28. 28. Assessing Creativity Appraise creativity separately. Deliberately. For smaller projects, give feedback and allow corrections. Don’t wait until the end of a large project. Use checkpoints to offer feedback. Be more productive than “I like that...” (Include why) Don’t assess creativity all the time for a grade.
  29. 29. General Assessment Guidelines Review Assessments cover important content, process skills, and ideas. Assessments match specific goals. (Direct Alignment) Multiple assessments provide a more accurate and nuanced picture.
  30. 30. Questions? Best wishes! LMRUBENSTEIN@BSU.EDU

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