Online Performance Assessment of Creativity Skills: Findings from International Pilot Study

Online Performance Assessment of Creativity Skills: Findings from International Pilot Study

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Online Performance Assessment of Creativity Skills: Findings from International Pilot Study

Many educational programs in school settings place great emphasis on promoting student ability to create original ideas, products, and solutions that will be both novel and valuable. However, there is lack research on potential tools that can be used for creativity assessment in the K-12 arena. The aim of this study was to explore patterns in student performance and motivation in creativity computer-based prototype assessment. Eighty seven 14-year-old students from the United States, United Kingdom, Turkey, and South Africa participated in the study. Students were asked to write different short stories based on given images or a video, create titles for a story, and propose captions for a cartoon. The findings showed that, while students were relatively successful in creating cognitively complex creative writing, they struggled with writing in an original manner, expressing emotions in their writing, descriptiveness, and humor. Male students outperformed female students in originality and use of humor. The findings indicated mostly significantly positive relationships between different dimensions of creativity. However, no significant correlations were found between student creativity and factors such as motivation and time-on-task. Directions for future research will be discussed in terms of their implications to teaching, learning and assessment.Keywords: creativity, performance assessment, online assessment

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