Title

Creativity and the Finding and Solving of Real-World Problems

Student Co-author

CGU Graduate

Document Type

Article

Department

Behavioral and Organizational Sciences (CGU)

Publication Date

1991

Disciplines

Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Abstract

Divergent thinking tests have been criticized for their low correlations with real-world performance. The primary objective of this study was to ascertain whether real-world problems are more predictive of creative accomplishments than problems contained in standard divergent thinking tasks. A second objective was to examine the relationship between performance on problem-finding tasks and traditional problem-solving tasks. Four tasks were administered to 77 elementary school students, with a check list of creative activities that was used as a criterion measure. Correlational results indicated that the real-world problem-finding measure was more predictive of creative accomplishments than standard divergent thinking tasks and the real-world problem-solving task. Hierarchical regression analyses indicated that the real-world problem-finding task added significantly to the prediction of creative activities, beyond the prediction from the other tasks.

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© 1991 SAGE Publications

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