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What factors influence children's creative artistic orientation? The novel children's creative orientation test: artistic

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posted on 2023-06-10, 04:27 authored by Julia SimnerJulia Simner, Rebecca SmeesRebecca Smees, Louisa RinaldiLouisa Rinaldi, Duncan Carmichael, Toby Mcdonald
Creative orientation is the extent to which different individuals are drawn toward creative activities (e.g., art, music). We know relatively little about child-level creative orientation given certain testing limitations. Adult tools often measure time spent engaged in creative pursuits, but this method is unsuitable for children because their free time is often dictated by parents. To overcome this, we devised an entirely novel measure of creative orientation, the Children's Creative Orientation Test: Artistic (C-COT: Artistic). This short task, suitable for children as young as 6, elicits children's creative urges toward artistic pursuits independently of parental influence and provides quantitative scoring. We applied our measure to over 3000 children aged 6–10 years, where it showed robust reliability, suggesting that creative orientation is a stable trait over time. We show that creative orientation is also influenced by classroom cohort, age, and gender but is unaffected by socio-economic status or seasonal changes (autumn vs. spring testing). We showed too that creative orientation converges with creative thinking (divergent thinking), creative personality (openness to experiences, especially the aesthetics subtrait), and creative engagements in the home. We present our test here in full, as a simple, fast, and robust measure of creative artistic orientation in children.


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