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Measure Creativity

In the Adobe Education Train the Trainer course we found a lot of talks about Creativity and the role of creativity in education. 

I find very interesting and useful informations about these subjects, but not so much about measuring the creativity. I am a scientist by education and I am interested to know more about this subject from educators like you.

I list here two resources that I found useful on this subject:

Measuring Creativity: the book

Four Ways to Measure Creativity

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Joan Maresh Hansen

Posted on 10/19/13 11:01:33 AM Permalink

Thank you for your recommendation of the two books, I look forward to finding and reading them. Measuring creativity is for me based upon their approach to their work in terms of higher order thinking, Guiding questions may be like this;

how well did they observe their subject? how engaged were they in the daily process of making the art? how focused were they? what evidence of learning is seen in their work?how innovative is their solution? Rather than just copying the subject, did they do something "off the wall" unusual? Technically speaking, did they develop a work of art that resonates in me an aesthetic response of witnessing something beautiful in the mark making and final piece? Is it a personal and unique one of a kind piece?

Here are some interesting ideas to think about from Twisted Sifter from great minds;

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, the just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while” – Steve Jobs

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will” – George Bernard Shaw

“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people” – Leo Burnett

“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced” – Vincent Van Gogh

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” – Pablo Picasso

carolyn brown

Posted on 10/14/13 10:04:49 PM Permalink

This is all very interesting. I teach creative art classes and I find students to be completely unresponsive to grading or feedback regarding creativity. The only things I can grade on without dispute are how well they followed the measurable parts of the instructions (like what size, how many colors, when it's due). Try to grade on the quality of the work and I run into a wall because it is their personal expression and they believe themselves to be sufficiently creative.

ng sw

Posted on 10/1/13 9:22:43 AM Permalink

I don’t think that you can effectively measure creativity. There is no specific criteria related tied to a specific discipline in creativity. The reason is creativity is immeasurable. You cannot rigidly define a person’s creativity based on any rule or perception.

Angela Gomez-Holbrook

Posted on 9/27/13 3:09:46 PM Permalink

I have commented on your Week 6 assignments. I would like to get some feed back on my Week 6 presentation, as I am 3 weeks behind in submitting. Will you consider trading writing/editing for your feedback on Week 6? There is a substantial amount of incorrect grammar. I suggest that you have an editor read and edit the details for your final presentation of this project in print.


Posted on 10/2/13 1:22:36 PM Permalink

Thanks for the offer. English is not my first language, so it is possible to have multiple mistakes. I would consider a verification for the final assignment.

I would help you with the feedback for week 6 assignment, but I don't see your assignment file on week 6.