Using measurement principles to confirm the levels of creative ability as described in the Vona du Toit model of creative ability

Daleen Casteleijn


Many occupational therapists in South Africa and the United Kingdom are using the Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability with its associated assessments and outcome measures in their practice settings.  Although there appears to be strong clinical confidence in the use of these instruments that apply the levels of creative ability in the scoring system, little evidence to date has been published on the validity of the levels.

 The aim of this study was to investigate three instruments based on the levels of creative ability: the Creative Participation Assessment (CPA), the Functional Levels Outcome Measure (FLOM) and the Activity Participation Outcome Measure (APOM), for evidence that the levels   indeed represent increasing amounts of ability and that the scoring of the three instruments follow a linear or hierarchical pattern.

 A secondary data analysis was done using the threshold ordering of the Rasch Measurement Model to indicate whether the levels of creative ability exist. Results showed that all three instruments indeed represent increasing amounts of ability in a person and that the levels of creative ability exist.   Although these findings are significant, it is the first in a series of analyses and the remaining assumptions in the Rasch Measurement Model still need to be tested.

Keywords: Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability; outcome measures; Rasch Measurement Model; threshold ordering

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