Creativity and the Finding and Solving of Real-World Problems

Student Co-author

CGU Graduate

Document Type



Behavioral and Organizational Sciences (CGU)

Publication Date



Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences


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.

Rights Information

© 1991 SAGE Publications

Terms of Use & License Information

Terms of Use for work posted in Scholarship@Claremont.