Explorations in Creativity: The M.U.S.I.C. Model Self-Assessment Scale

By Jim Henry.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies

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The importance of creativity in a wide array of domains—including education, business, science, technology as well as the arts—has been well documented and emphasized for decades. Many researchers suggest that creativity can be enhanced, and while a clear answer as to how this might be accomplished is not to be found, much research has been conducted and many suggestions have been made. In the present study, these potential influences have been explored, categorized and integrated into a multidimensional scale with the aim and the hope that it will be a useful tool in the complex process of creativity enhancement. Based on the existing literature, rationale is provided for five sub-constructs (motivation, uncommon commitment, skill, imagination and courage: M.U.S.I.C.), and an initial pool of 50-65 items were generated for each sub-construct for a total of 300 items. Guidelines for creating effective scales were applied and seven experts provided ratings and comments resulting in an adjusted scale of 80 items, 16 for each element. Participants in this study included 101 individuals (37 male; 64 female) aged 26 to 79 who were actively engaged in creative work and identified themselves as painters, singer/songwriters, musicians, poets, sculptors or writers. Results and discussion include an exploration of internal consistency, limitations and suggestions for future research.

Keywords: Creativity, Education, Psychology, Self-Assessment

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp.41-54. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 449.070KB).

Dr. Jim Henry

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Jim Henry is a lifelong songwriter. He’s also a psychologist and an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. His passion for all things creative has led to a research agenda that focuses on the world of creativity and how this construct might be explored, understood and enhanced. He continues to write songs and, as well as teaching Educational Psychology and Counseling, now also teaches courses in creativity.