John Baer
Professor Email: baer@rider.edu
Phone Number: 609-895-5668
Department Name:
Teacher Education
Office Location:
Memorial 102

Faculty Office Hours

Mailing Address:
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Role: 
Faculty
Title: 
Professor
Email: 
baer@rider.edu
Phone Number: 
609-895-5668
Department Name: 
Teacher Education
Mailing Address: 
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Office Location: 
Memorial 102

Academic Background

B.A., Psychology and Japanese Studies, magna cum laude, Yale University, 1972

Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology, Rutgers University, 1991 

Please visit my website: http://www-usr.rider.edu/~baer/

Please see this recent magazine interview about my background and interests: http://www.rider.edu/~baer/BaerRoeperInterview.pdf

Employment Background

I've been teaching at Rider since 1992. Before that I worked as a test developer and researcher at the Educational Testing Service (in Princeton, NJ); taught middle and high school and helped run a large gifted/talented program (in Washington County, MD); developed and ran a program for adolescents at a small psychiatric hospital (in Leitersburg, MD); worked as a newspaper reporter (in Tokyo, Japan); served as an guide/interpreter for the United States Information Agency (in Osaka Japan); worked in the paint shop of a large factory (in Takamatsu, Japan); and drove a truck (throughout the Mid-Atlantic region). I liked all those jobs, but I like teaching at Rider best.

Research Interests

Much of my research and writing has been in the area of creativity, and that work has been supported by generous grants from the National Science Foundation, the Educational Testing Service, the Carnegie Foundation, the National Center for Educational Statistics, and Rider and Rutgers Universities. I've won a few awards, such as the Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology, presented by the Eighth National Conference on College Teaching and Learning (in 1997), the Daniel E. Berlyne Award of the American Psychological Association for the year's best research in the area of creativity and/or the arts (in 1993), and the Iorio Research Award (in 2007). I'm a member of the editorial boards of several scholarly journals, including the Journal of Creative Behavior (the oldest and most widely read creativity research journal); the American Psychological Association's newest journal, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts; and the International Journal of Thinking & Problem Solving. (For more biography, see this interview that Roeper Review published in January 2009 at  http://www.rider.edu/~baer/BaerRoeperInterview.pdf.

Sample Publications & Scholarly Projects

Note: for a more complete listing, please visit my website, where you can download many of my publications: http://www-usr.rider.edu/~baer/.

Books

Baer. J.  (1997).  Creative teachers, creative students.  Boston:  Allyn and Bacon.

Baer, J.  (1993).  Creativity and divergent thinking:  A task-specific approach.  Hillsdale, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Baer, J., Kaufman, J. C., & Baumeister, R. F. (Eds.)(2008).  Are we free?  Psychology and free will.  Oxford University Press.

Baer, J., & Kaufman, J. C.  (in preparation).  Being creative inside and outside the classroom.

Kaufman, J. C., & Baer, J. (Eds.).  (2005).  Creativity across domains:  Faces of the muse. Hillsdale, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Kaufman, J. C., & Baer, J. (Eds.).  (2006).  Reason and creativity in development.  Cambridge University Press.

Kaufman, J. C., Plucker, J. A., &  Baer, J. (2008).  Essentials of creativity assessment.  New York:  Wiley.

Lemaster, A. J., & Baer, J. (1999). SuperWrite (Vol. 1).  Cincinnati:  South-Western.

Lemaster, A. J., & Baer, J. (1999). SuperWrite (Vol. 2).  Cincinnati:  South-Western.

Recent Journal Articles (last five years only — for a more complete listing, please visit my website: http://www-usr.rider.edu/~baer/)

Baer, J.  (in press). How divergent thinking tests mislead us: Are the Torrance Tests still relevant in the 21st century? Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.

Baer, J.  (in press). Lectures may be more effective than you think:  The Learning Pyramid unmasked. International Journal of Thinking & Problem Solving.

Baer, J.  (in press. Three (more) arguments against the Torrance Tests.  Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.

Baer, J.  (2008). Divergent thinking tests have problems, but this is not the solution.  Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 2, 89-92.

Baer, J., & Kaufman, J.C.  (2008).  Gender differences in creativity. Journal of Creative Behavior, 42, 75-105.

Baer, J., & Kaufman, J.C.  (2005). Bridging Generality and Specificity: The Amusement Park Theoretical (APT) Model of Creativity.  Roeper Review, 27, 158-163.

Kaufman, J. C., & Baer, J.  (2009).  Is one dimension enough?  Perspectives on Psychological Science, 4, 453-454.

Kaufman,  J. C., & Baer, J.  (2006).  Intelligent testing with Torrance.  Creativity Research Journal, 18, 99-102.

Kaufman,  J. C., & Baer, J.  (2006).  A tribute to E. Paul Torrance.  Creativity Research Journal, 18, 1-2.

Kaufman, J. C., Baer, J., Agars, M. D., & Loomis, D. (2010). Creativity stereotypes and the Consensual Assessment Technique. Creativity Research Journal, 22, 200-205.

Kaufman, J. C.,  Baer, J., &  Cole, J.C.  (2009).  Expertise, domains, and the Consensual Assessment Technique.  Journal of Creative Behavior, 223-233.

Kaufman, J. C.,  Baer, J.,  Cole, J.C.,  & Sexton, J. D.  (2008).  A Comparison of Expert and Nonexpert Raters Using the Consensual Assessment Technique.  Creativity Research Journal, 20, 171-178.

Kaufman, J. C., Beghetto, R. A.,  Baer, J., & Ivcevic, Z.  (2010). Creativity polymathy: What Benjamin Franklin can teach your kindergartener.  Learning and Individual Differences, 380–387.

Kaufman, J. C., Cole, J.C., & Baer, J.  (2009).  The construct of creativity: Structural model for self-reported creativity ratings.  Journal of Creative Behavior (43), 119-134.

Kaufman, J. C., Evans, M. L., & Baer, J.  (in press).   The American Idol Effect:  Are students good judges of their creativity across domains?  Empirical Studies of the Arts.

Kaufman, J. C., Gentile, C. A., & Baer, J.  (2005).  Do gifted student writers and creative writing experts rate creativity the same way?  Gifted Child Quarterly, 49, 260-265.

Kaufman,  J. C.,  Lee,  J.,   Baer,  J.,  & Lee,  S.  (2007).  Captions, consistency, creativity, and the consensual assessment technique:  New evidence of validity. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 2, 96-106.

Recent Book Chapters (last five years only — for a more complete listing, please visit my website: http://www-usr.rider.edu/~baer/)

Baer, J.  (in press). Is creativity domain specific?  In J. C. Kaufman & R. J. Sternberg (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of creativity.  Cambridge University Press.

Baer, J.  (in press).  Gender differences in creativity.  In Runco, M. A.   (Ed.),  Creativity research handbook, Vol. 3.  Cresskill, NJ:  Hampton Press.

Baer, J.  (in press).  Domains of creativity.  To appear in Runco, M. A., & Pritzker, S.  (Eds.),  Encyclopedia of creativity (2nd edition).  Oxford:  Elsevier.

Baer, J.  (in press). Domain specificity of creativity:  Implications for early childhood education.  In Saracho, O, & Spodek, B. (Eds.), Contemporary perspectives in early childhood education, Vol. 14. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Baer, J.  (2008). Free will requires determinism.  In Baer, J., Kaufman, J. C., & Baumeister, R. F. (Eds.),  Are we free?  Psychology and free will  (pp. 304-310).  Oxford University Press.

Baer, J.  (2007).  Amusement Park Theory of Creativity (APT Model).  In Reynolds & Fletcher-Janzen (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Special Education,vol. 1, 3rd ed. (pp. 569-570).  New York:  Wiley.

Baer, J.  (2007).  Consensual Assessment of Creativity (CAT).  In Reynolds & Fletcher-Janzen (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Special Education, vol. 1, 3rd ed. (pp. 570-571).  New York:  Wiley.

Baer, J.  (2007).  Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI).  In Reynolds & Fletcher-Janzen (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Special Education, vol. 1, 3rd ed. (pp. 566-567).  New York:  Wiley.

Baer, J., & Baer, S.  (2006).  Gender differences in creativity.   In  Selected papers from the Seventeenth International Conference on College Teaching and Learning (pp. 1-13).  Jacksonville, FL:  Florida Community College at Jacksonville.

Baer, J., & Feldhausen, J.  (2007).  Enrichment.   In Reynolds & Fletcher-Janzen (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Special Education, vol. 2., 3rd ed. (pp. 838-839).  New York:  Wiley.

Baer, J., & Garrett, T.  (2010). Teaching for creativity in an era of content standards and accountability.  In Baghetto & Kaufman (Eds.), Nurturing creativity in the classroom:  Between chaos and conformity (pp. 6-23).  Cambridge University Press.

Baer, J., & Kaufman, J. C.  (2006).  Conclusions.   In J. C. Kaufman & J. Baer,  (Eds.)  Reason and creativity in development  (pp. 351-355).  Cambridge University Press.

Baer, J., & Kaufman, J. C.  (2006).  Creativity research in English-speaking countries.  In J. C. Kaufman & R. J. Sternberg (Eds.), International handbook of creativity (pp. 10-38).  Cambridge University Press.

Baer, J., & Kaufman, J. C.  (2005).  Whence creativity?  Overlapping and dual aspect skills and traits.  In J. C. Kaufman & J. Baer (Eds.), Creativity across domains:  Faces of the muse (pp. 313-320).  Hillsdale, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Baer, J., Kaufman, J. C., & Baumeister, R. F.   (2008).  Introduction: Psychology and free will.  In Baer, Kaufman, & Baumeister, (Eds.),  Are we free?  Psychology and free will  (pp. 3-9).  Oxford University Press.

Baer, J., & McKool, S.  (2009).  Assessing creativity using the consensual assessment.  In  C. Schreiner (Ed.),  Handbook of assessment technologies, methods, and applications in higher education. Hershey, Pennsylvania:  IGI Global.

Baer, J., & McKool, S.  (2009).  How rewards and evaluations can undermine creativity (and how to prevent this).  In Kaufman & Kaufman (Eds.), The psychology of creative writing  (pp. 277-286). Cambridge University Press.

Baer, J., & Scobee, J.  (2007).  Enrichment Triad Model.  In Reynolds & Fletcher-Janzen (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Special Education, vol. 2, 3rd ed. (pp. 839-840).  New York:  Wiley.

Kaufman, J. C.,  & Baer, J.  (in press).  How are thinking styles related to creativity across multiple domains?  In L. Zhang & R. J. Sternberg  (Eds.), Perspectives on the nature of intellectual styles.  New York:  Springer.

Kaufman, J. C., & Baer, J.  (2008). The role of domains in creative learning in the USA.   In A. Craft, T. Cremin & P. Burnard (Eds.), Creative learning 3-11 and how we document it:  What, how and why? (pp. 27-33).  Stoke on Trent, UK:  Trentham.

Kaufman, J. C., & Baer, J.  (2005).  The amusement park theory of creativity.  In J. C. Kaufman & J. Baer (Eds.), Creativity across domains:  Faces of the muse (pp. 321-328).  Hillsdale, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Kaufman, J. C., & Baer, J.  (2006).  Preface.  In J. C. Kaufman & J. Baer,  (Eds.)  Reason and creativity in development (pp. 1-4).  Cambridge University Press.

Kaufman, J. C., & Baer, J.  (2005).  How people think, work, and act creatively in diverse domains.  In J. C. Kaufman & J. Baer (Eds.), Creativity across domains:  Faces of the muse (pp. xiii-xvii).  Hillsdale, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Kaufman, J. C., Baghetto, R. A., & Baer, J.  (in press). Finding young Paul Robesons:  The search for creative polymaths.  In D. D. Preiss & R. J. Sternberg (Eds.), Innovations in educational psychology: Perspectives on learning, teaching, and human development.  New York:  Springer.

Kaufman, J. C., Plucker, J. A., Dow, G. T., Baer, J., Andrews, C. J., Mitchell, E. R., & Kaufman, A. B. (2006).  Creativity and the special education student.  In E. Fletcher-Janzen & C. R. Reynolds (Eds.), Special education almanac (pp. 369-390).  New York:  Wiley.

Paris, C..,  Edwards, N., Sheffield, E., Mutinsky, M., Olexa, T.,  Reilly, S., & Baer, J.  (2006).  How early school experiences impact creativity:  An ecological perspective.  In J. C. Kaufman & J. Baer,  (Eds.)  Reason and creativity in development (pp. 333-350).  Cambridge University Press.