Date of Award


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Open Access

Degree Name

Creative Studies, M.S.


International Center for Studies in Creativity


Dr. Susan Keller-Mathers

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It is my responsibility as an educator to prepare students by teaching them how to think and not what to think. This project focuses on the importance of teaching our youth creative ways to solve problems and use creativity in a more meaningful way to assist with richer thinking. This project provides students with some necessary tools in order to help them become lifelong learners and problem solvers. It provides students with necessary tools and skills needed for success in the 21st century. The project includes an introduction to Creative Problem Solving (CPS) process and tools for different age groups and focuses on how the tools affect individual students. This project also highlights various teachers’ feedback and reflection on the use of CPS tools in the classroom. Included in this project is a discussion of tools that were taught, which tools worked best with which grade level and the feedback from students, teachers and administrators. The finished project includes a tool deck for students as a convenient way to have the necessary tools in front of them on a daily basis for a whole school year.