|Creator:||Torrance, E. Paul, (Ellis Paul), 1915-|
|Title:||E. Paul Torrance creativity testing collection|
|Quantity:||14.0 Linear feet|
Ellis Paul Torrance was born on October 8, 1915 and died on July 12, 2003. He was a renown American psychologist and educator. World War II interrupted Torrance's teaching career, but he continud his work in a position with the U.S. Army as a counselor for disabled veterans. Torrance taught from 1957 to 1984 at the University of Minnesota and the University of Georgia. He became a professor at UGA in Eduational Psychology in 1966 and retired fully in 1984, the same year that UGA established the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development. He had been the head of the Educational Psychology Dept. at the University of Georgia from 1966 to 1978. E. Paul Torrance was incredibly well-written and his work was widely published: he had a total of 1,871 publications, including 88 books, 408 journal articles, and 538 reports, manuals, and tests, making him one of the most published faculty members in UGA’s history.
Notably, E. Paul Torrance developed the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking, which test creativity using simple trials based on fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration. These have often been used in admission into gifted programs, especially in Georgia. The tests are particularly well-regarded because they appear relatively free of racial or socioeconomic bias, and teachers often find them easy to administer and score.
Torrance also created the Future Problem Solving Program, which has now expanded internationally. According to their website, the organization "stimulates critical and creative thinking skills, encourages students to develop a vision for the future, and prepares students for leadership roles."
The papers contain printed materials; writings (published and unpublished) by Torrance; manuals and case studies; research reports; surveys; ; and ephemera. The materials document Torrance's studies and research work in the area of creative thinking, his development and use of the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking, and his case studies with gifted children.
To note, original and copies of the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking, as well as scoring guides for these, can be found in the collection.
This collection does not include original research data. A private collector holds these. For more information, please contact the Head of Manuscripts.
E. Paul Torrance creativity testing collection. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602.