Introducing TCD-D for Creativity Assessment: A Mobile App for Educational Contexts

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Aurelia De Lorenzo 1,* Alessandro Nasso 2 Viviana Bono 2 Emanuela Rabaglietti 1

1. Department of Psychology, University of Turin, Via Verdi 10, Turin, 10124, Italy

2. Department of Computer Science, University of Turin, Corso Svizzera 185, Turin, 10149, Italy

* Corresponding author.


Received: 20 Oct. 2022 / Revised: 24 Nov. 2022 / Accepted: 12 Jan. 2023 / Published: 8 Feb. 2023

Index Terms

Creativity, Divergent Thinking, Digital Natives, Mobile App, Education


This paper presents the Test of Creativity and Divergent Thinking-Digital (TCD-D) mobile application, a digital version of the Williams Test for assessing creativity through graphic production. The Test of Creativity and Divergent Thinking-Digital is a new, simple and intuitive mobile application developed by a team of psychologists and computer scientists to remain faithful to the paper version of the test but to provide a faster assessment of divergent thinking. In fact, creativity assessment tests are currently still administered in paper form, which requires a lot of time and human resources for scoring, especially when administered to large samples, as is the case in educational studies. Several digital prototypes of creativity assessment instruments have been developed over the past decade, some of which are derived from paper instruments and some of which are completely new. Of all these attempts, no one has yet worked on a digital version of the Williams Test of Creativity and Divergent Thinking, although this instrument is widely used in Europe and Asia. Moreover, of all the prototypes of digital tools in the literature, none has been developed as a mobile app for tablets, a tool very close to the younger generation. The app was developed to provide a quicker and more contemporary assessment that accommodates the technological interests of digital natives through the use of touch in drawing and adds some additional indices to those of the paper tool for assessing fluency, flexibility, originality and creative elaboration. The application for Android tablets speeds up the assessment of divergent thinking and supports the monitoring of creative potential in educational and learning contexts. The paper discusses how the application works, the preferences and opinions of the students who tested it, and the future developments planned for the implementation of the application.

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Aurelia De Lorenzo, Alessandro Nasso, Viviana Bono, Emanuela Rabaglietti, "Introducing TCD-D for Creativity Assessment: A Mobile App for Educational Contexts", International Journal of Modern Education and Computer Science(IJMECS), Vol.15, No.1, pp. 13-27, 2023. DOI:10.5815/ijmecs.2023.01.02


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