Predictive validity of teacher ratings of creativity over 2 years

John C. Houtz, Carol D. Lewis, Dennis J. Shaning, Robert M. Denmark

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Fifty white, suburban middle-class children were tested in the fourth grade with six divergent thinking tests developed from Guilford's SOI model and in the sixth grade with the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking, Verbal Form A. In the fourth grade, these students' classroom teachers completed for each of them the Scale for Rating the Behavioral Characteristics of Superior Students. With IQ and reading and math achievement controlled via partial correlations, Guilford-like and Torrance measures were significantly correlated over 2 years but only teachers' rating of students as "sensitive to beauty and the aesthetic characteristics of things" was significantly related over 2 years to creativity measures. This characteristic appeared to be most crucial in the prediction of creativity for boys.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-173
Number of pages6
JournalContemporary Educational Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1983
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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