Searching for an Alternate Way to Identify Young Creative Minds: A Classroom-Based Observation Approach

ki Soon Han, Chris Marvin, Anne Walden

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Creative ability in young children has traditionally been assessed through the use of standardized tests of divergent thinking. This study investigated an alternate way of identifying creative ability. The concurrent validity of a more developmentally appropriate and authentic, behavior-based observation approach was examined on a sample of 45 kindergarten children from an urban elementary school. Significant, but relatively weak correlations were found between the Nebraska Starry Night Observation Protocol (NSNO) and the originality and elaboration scores of the concurrent measure, the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT). Implications of using the NSNO to identify young creative children are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalAssessment for Effective Intervention
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 2003


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Health Professions(all)

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