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Notes on Creative Potential and Its Measurement1

Maciej Karwowski
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  • Academy of Special Education, Poland
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Published Online: 2015-05-26 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ctra-2015-0001


The discussion raised by the Glăveanu target paper (Glăveanu, 2014) continues in the second issue of “Creativity. Theories – Research – Applications” (CTRA). In this editorial I focus on two elements shared by commentators whose articles are presented in this issue, namely: creative potential and its measurement. I start with the observation that potential is probably the most fuzzy and poorly defined construct in the creativity literature (and likely social science as a whole). As a result of different operationalizations of this category, its valid and reliable measurement is difficult – though not impossible – but, more importantly, several different theories of potential are being developed simultaneously. I focus mainly on critiques of the measurement of creative potential and show how recent developments in psychometrics make it more valid and reliable than critics tend to realize.

Keywords: Creativity measurement; Creative potential; Adaptive testing


  • 1This editorial is partially based on a keynote talk given at a congress of the Polish Society of Educational Assessment, Gdansk, 2014.


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About the article

Received: 2015-03-23

Revised: 2015-03-31

Accepted: 2015-04-03

Published Online: 2015-05-26

Published in Print: 2015-06-01

1This editorial is partially based on a keynote talk given at a congress of the Polish Society of Educational Assessment, Gdansk, 2014.

Citation Information: Creativity. Theories – Research - Applications, ISSN (Online) 2354-0036, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ctra-2015-0001. Export Citation

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