Challenging out-of-school activities as a predictor of creative accomplishments in art, drama, dance and social leadership
Milgram, R. M. (2003). Challenging out-of-school activities as a predictor of creative accomplishments in art, drama, dance and social leadership. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 47(3), 305 - 315.
This study seeks to identify creative talent in adolescents by looking at the quantity and quality of their experience in creative extracurricular activities, as measured by the Tel Aviv Activities and Accomplishments Inventory (TAAI). Evidence from prior research suggests that creativity has greater predictive validity for success in life than do measures more typically used to assess talent in youth, such as IQ score or academic achievement. A strong relationship between scores on the TAAI and 222 ninth through twelfth grade students’ authentic performances in art, dance, drama, and social leadership activities suggests that the instrument is a valid means through which to assess creative talent in adolescents.
Correlations between participants’ scores on the TAAI and their levels of performance in their respective domains were 0.36 for art, 0.57 for dance, 0.42 for drama, and 0.62 for social leadership. These correlations indicate that there is a substantial relationship between youths’ involvement and accomplishment in challenging, non-compulsory activities in an artistic domain as measured by the TAAI and their creative talent in that domain.