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3.2.2 Assessing Creativity

3.2.2 Assessing CreativityWhilst creativity is a slippery concept, it is possible to discern ways in which pupils engage in the creative process and produced outcomes that are ‘ original and of value’ (Robinson 2001:118).   However, questions remain about how the development of creativity can be assessed in order to support learners in developing their creative potential.

Spencer, Lucas and Claxton (2012) have developed a framework for assessing this area.  They identified 5 habits and 15 sub-habits of creativity and teachers in two separate field trials used this assessment tool with pupils aged 5 to 14 (see Table 2).  The teachers found that the tool was useful as a formative assessment practice.  There was little appetite for making summative judgements about levels of creativity, which is, perhaps, not surprising given the complex nature of the creative process and outcomes.

Table 2: Habits and sub-habits of creativity (Spencer, Lucas and Claxton, 2012)

3.2.2 Assessing Creativity

Habit   Sub-habits
Inquisitive Wondering and questioning
Exploring and investigating
Challenging assumptions
Persistent Sticking with difficulty
Daring to be different
Tolerating uncertainty
Imaginative Playing with possibilities
Making connections
Using intuition
Collaborative Sharing the product
Giving and sharing feedback
Co-operating appropriately
Disciplined Developing techniques
Reflecting critically
Crafting and improving

There are obvious overlaps between the habits identified in Table 2 and the ‘clusters’ outlined by Loveless (2007).  Key concepts that appear across both include exploration, risk-taking, play, co-operation and persistence.  The importance of fostering these competences can be seen across the DeFT Case Studies in Chapter 5.

References: see 3.2.3 References / Links to Further Resources

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