Date of Award


Access Control

Open Access

Degree Name

Creative Studies, M.S.


Center for Studies in Creativity


Cr. susan Keller - Mathers

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First Reader

Dr. Susan Keller - Mathers

Second Reader

Elaine Reynolds

Third Reader

Deborah Walker


The goal of my master’s project is to empower teachers to unlock the Creative Problem Solving potential in their students and open the door to a world of possibilities by providing strategies, resources, and support to integrate CPS into their teaching practice.

To achieve this, I have designed a book that presents an original and engaging

imaginative characters to foster an immersive and interactive learning experience that will capture the imagination of both students and teachers.

Meet the Spirit of Creativity, represented as E. Paul Torrance, along with four Creative Problem Solving Characters who will guide teachers and students through the Lands of Clarification, Ideation, Development, and Implementation. As they progress through the Land of Clarification, the Land of Ideation, the Land of Development, and the Land of Implementation, students earn a Key of Understanding by completing a Problem Solving Challenge.

To supplement the book, an accompanying Teacher Guide, which will be completed as an independent study, will provide extended learning experiences for each step of the CPS process and specific examples of how to integrate Creative Problem Solving into classroom content and standards.


The goal of this project is to empower teachers with the knowledge, strategies, and resources to integrate the Creative Problem Solving process into their curriculum.