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J. Intell. 2015, 3(3), 59-72;

Why Creativity Isn’t in IQ Tests, Why it Matters, and Why it Won’t Change Anytime Soon Probably

Department of Educational Psychology, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut, 2131 Hillside Road, Storrs, CT 06269-3007, USA
Academic Editor: Robert J. Sternberg
Received: 18 June 2015 / Revised: 25 July 2015 / Accepted: 28 July 2015 / Published: 7 August 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Challenges in Intelligence Testing)
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Creativity is a part of most theories of intelligence—sometimes a small part and sometimes a large part. Yet even IQ tests that assess aspects of intelligence that supposedly reflect creative abilities do not actually measure creativity. Recent work has argued that intelligence and creativity are more conceptually related than we have thought. In addition, creativity offers a potential way to counter issues of test bias from several different angles. That said, inherent difficulties in measuring creativity and inherent sluggishness in the test industry mean the odds are small that creativity will find its way into IQ tests as currently defined. However, there remain other potential possibilities in related fields. View Full-Text
Keywords: IQ testing; creativity; intelligence; creativity assessment IQ testing; creativity; intelligence; creativity assessment
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Kaufman, J.C. Why Creativity Isn’t in IQ Tests, Why it Matters, and Why it Won’t Change Anytime Soon Probably. J. Intell. 2015, 3, 59-72.

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