Development of a test to assess teacher creativity

Mo Yin Vivian CHENG, Sing LAU

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With reference to the assessment methods developed by Torrance, Wallach, Kogan , and Amabile in mainstream psychology, this study attempted to construct a battery of written tests for assessing creativity of teachers and student teachers. Two sets of tests, each consists of two teaching tasks, are developed. They aimed at tapping the creative thinking abilities of respondents in four teaching domains ?questioning, motivating learning, teaching new concept and designing innovative curriculum. All four tasks involved were easy to understand, interesting, imaginative, unusual, cross-curricular in nature, and yet have numerous possible answers. The first set of test consists of two comprehensive teaching tasks, which required respondents to give one most creative written answer in a fixed period of time. A panel of judges was recruited to rate the creativeness of the teaching ideas on a subjective base. The second set of test consisted of two very simple teaching tasks which asked respondents to give as many answers as they can in a short period of time. The teaching ideas collected from the second test were scored more extensively: In addition to being rated by judges on the ideas' creativeness, ratings on "fluency", "flexibility", "unusualness" and "elaboration" were obtained. The development process and the psychometric properties of the tests were reported.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1999


Cheng, M. Y. V., & Lau, S. (1999, November). Development of a test to assess teacher creativity. Paper presented at the Hong Kong Educational Research Association (HKERA) 16th Annual Conference: Exploring New Frontiers in Education, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, China.


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