A New Measurement of Scientific Creativity: The Study of its Psychometric Properties

  • María-Rosario Bermejo Universidad de Murcia
  • María-José Ruiz-Melero Universidad de Murcia
  • Javier Esparza Universidad de Murcia
  • Mercedes Ferrando Universidad de Murcia
  • Rosa Pons Universidad de Murcia
Keywords: Gifted, talented, scientific creativity, creative abilities

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to study the psychometric proprieties of a new test aimed to measure scientific creativity, the Creative Scientific Ability Test (C-SAT, Sak & Ayas, 2011). The test has been validated in different Turkish samples, showing an adequate reliability (α = .87, Ayas & Sak, 2014). The test is composed of five tasks that measure scientific creativity in different areas of knowledge: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Ecology and an interdisciplinary task. For each task, a Creative Quotient (CQ) is calculated as a combination of Fluency (number of valid answers) and Flexibility (different approaches in the solution). The test also allows us to differentiate three scientific-creative thinking processes (hypothesis generation, hypothesis evaluation and evidence verification). 344 students from Compulsory Secondary Education took part in this study. The results point out a good reliability (α = .705) and an adequate inter-rater agreement (ranging from average ICC .80 to .98). In addition, the unifactorial structure of the test was verified using CFA, which agree with the authors’ previous results (Ayas & Sak, 2014; Sak & Ayas, 2013), even when a structure of three creative process can be considered.

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Published
28-07-2016
How to Cite
Bermejo, M.-R., Ruiz-Melero, M.-J., Esparza, J., Ferrando, M., & Pons, R. (2016). A New Measurement of Scientific Creativity: The Study of its Psychometric Properties. Anales De Psicología / Annals of Psychology, 32(3), 652-661. https://doi.org/10.6018/analesps.32.3.259411
Section
Monographic theme: High Ability (giftedness and talent)