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Open Access

Degree Name

Multidisciplinary Studies - Individualized Option, M.S.


International Center for Studies in Creativity


J. Michael Fox

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J. Michael Fox

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Creativity in lesson planning has many positive impacts on student’s retention. Some of these include it challenges students to use upper level thought, increases motivation, and creativity has a trickledown effect on all aspects of the classroom, including the teacher. Current teachers were surveyed, with the majority valuing creativity. These teachers discovered roadblocks in bringing creativity into lesson plans because of time constraints due to curriculum shifts. These constraints and other hurdles can be overcome, and several benefits can be experienced by the teacher and the students. There is a need for training to solve problems in the classroom and increase creativity in lesson planning at the college level. With this training available, teachers will be prepared to overcome hurdles, eliminate dips in levels of creativity use, and prepare students with the skills needed in the ever-changing, globalized world.