No Creative Child Left Behind: Using the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking to Identify and Encourage Middle School Learners

By Paula J. Stewart.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This paper will explore the use of creativity testing in middle level students. It will inform about the appropriateness of such testing in light of present knowledge about the characteristics of young adolescents. It will address attitudes of educational leaders about creative thinking in the middle school, looking at negative viewpoints such as beliefs that middle school students are in concrete thinking stages as well as positive viewpoints calling for creativity thinking and problem solving taught for all students. Information about the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking will be examined, with a workshop outline designed to inform classroom teachers about the administration and use of the test included. Suggestions are included for classroom teacher application of knowledge gained from creativity testing.

Keywords: Creativity, Middle Level, Testing, Teaching

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp.11-18. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 558.315KB).

Dr. Paula J. Stewart

Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education, Arkansas State University, Mountain Home, Arkansas, USA

Dr. Paula Stewart has undergraduate degrees in art education as well as general education for grades 1-8 and special education for grades PreK-12. The early interest in art has led to studies of children and their use of art and the integration of art into the school curriculum at every level.


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