Date of Award


Access Control

Open Access

Degree Name

Creative Studies, M.S.


Center for Studies in Creativity


Dr. Susan Keller-Mathers

First Reader

Dr. Susan Keller-Mathers


This project focused on developing a method for teaching creative thinking tools in ways that enable learning transfer. In the process of defining and identifying stimulants and obstacles for learning transfer, the literature revealed that analogical thinking, a long-standing creative thinking mechanism, is analogous to learning transfer. Many cognitive psychology researchers suggest that since humans can only describe new concepts in terms of things that are already understood, analogical thinking is the basis for all learning. “It is not our senses that limit or liberate us, but our ability to illuminate the unknown by means of analogies to the known. Learning itself depends on analogizing.” (Root-Bernstein & Root-Bernstein, 1999, p.142). A review of the literature on analogical thinking revealed common process steps for using analogical models in teaching. Accelerated learning concepts and components of the Torrance Incubation Model are used to outline a module for teaching analogical thinking. The use of concept maps for the structure mapping step of analogical thinking is recommended.