Date of Award
Creative Studies, M.S.
International Center for Studies in Creativity
Dr. Gerard Puccio
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Dr. Susan Keller-Mathers
For this master’s project I developed a set of resources (guidebook, videos, and presentation deck) which provide child development professionals with a framework and set of skills to facilitate design thinking challenges (open-ended problem-solving activities based on design thinking’s phases of: creating empathy, problem identification, ideation, prototyping, and idea testing) with preschool age children. The centerpiece of the project is the guide book titled Save the Gingerbread Man: Understanding & Supporting Creative Thinking Skills in Preschoolers. The videos are interviews with preschool age children in a series called From the Experts. The presentation deck incorporates can include the videos in support of the guidebook. The intent of the project’s outcome is twofold. First, to educate early childhood educators about the value and importance of fostering creative thinking skills in young children, and second to provide a resource which allows the educators to act upon the knowledge by facilitating design thinking challenges with young children.
Gannon, Tom R., "Fostering Creative Thinking Skills in Young Children Using Design Thinking Challenges" (2020). Creative Studies Graduate Student Master's Projects. 309.