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Creative Studies, M.S.


Center for Studies in Creativity


Dr. Susan Keller-Mathers

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Dr. Susan Keller-Mathers


This paper reviews scholarly resources and industry articles exploring the challenges of understanding and implementing design thinking. Drawing upon these findings, I will develop a novel framework that connects the cerebral and heartfelt aspects of Creative Problem Solving with the more empathetic design thinking methodology. The purpose of this endeavor is twofold: first, to capture my understanding of the intellectual and emotional experiences encountered during a creative problem-solving journey, and second, to establish a unique human-centered design thinking framework that works to integrate elements of Creative Problem Solving, the Thinking Skills Model, providing a fresh perspective to tackle frequent obstacles in comprehension and execution. Ultimately, this visualization and narrative will serve as a solid foundation for enhancing my future endeavors in facilitating, training, and writing on the subject.