Assessing the Creativity of Middle School Students: A Case Study with Digital Information in the Public Interest
Monday, March 6 3:30 PM-4:00 PM
Recognizing the growing interest in developing student creativity, and acknowledging the related need for teachers to evaluate students’ creative work, this case study examines the efficacy of a rubric developed by Mishra and Henriksen (2013) for assessing student creative work in middle school. The rubric was developed a master’s level course in a teacher education program. This case study adapts the Mishra-Henriksen rubric for use with a class of 8th graders from a low-SES neighborhood in a large Midwestern metro area. Further, through pre- and post surveys supplemented by student interviews, this study assesses the potential for digital technology to inspire creativity among middle school students. Results were mixed, showing that the rubric was useful but could be improved. Moreover, the data suggests that digital technology often sparks new ideas among students of this age, though they may not recognize this as creative activity. Directions for future research are explored.