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Creative Studies, M.S.


International Center for Studies in Creativity

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This project used qualitative techniques to find common philosophies, values and beliefs among the graduate students of the Masters of Science degree in Creative Studies at Buffalo State College. The project examined twenty exit papers from the CRS 615 course from the early 1970‟s to 1999. The purpose of this project was to develop a baseline of philosophy, value and belief of the graduate students so others could have a foundation from which to build. Common themes from the Master‟s students‟ papers and definitions of philosophy, value, and belief were applied to the content of the papers. The results identified which themes were important enough to the students to write about in their final paper. The results also showed what learning the students felt affected them in their daily lives, especially in the areas of defining creativity, teaching enhancing creative ability, and areas of personal growth and development. The final analysis also uncovered many questions for future researches. This project also addressed which of the search terms of the Creativity Based Information Resources (CBIR) language the students were using while writing their papers. The purpose of this section was to see if the categories used for searching the CBIR are reflected in the students themes of PVBs.