Many schools state that they aim to develop creativity in their students and a culture of creativity in their school. Yet, schools rarely take stock of whether they are achieving these aims. Indeed, we have often heard educators lament, “If only there was some way to measure creativity.” We have good news: There is!
In this book, Dr. Steven Stemler and affiliates of his Psychometric Laboratory at Wesleyan University provide a free and accessible introduction to two of the most popular and widely researched approaches to measuring creativity. The book is filled with actual examples drawn from their research along with numerous psychometrically validated instruments that can be downloaded and used by educators for free.
Using the MIA model presented in this book as a guide, educators can reflect in a more purposeful way about what it is that they are trying to achieve, the methods and resources needed to achieve it, and how they will know whether or not it is working. Using the tools provided in this book, we hope teachers and schools achieve a greater congruence among their belief that creativity is important and how they define and measure creativity in their students.