Teaching M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Silmser, Lisa


Creativity is defined as the use of imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work. Creative abilities, while less defined, include abilities such as independent or divergent thinking, problem solving, curiosity, adaptability and self-awareness. Creativity has long been seen in education and learning as a skill linked to artistic endeavors. However, moving beyond this link, researchers have begun to pursue creativity’s role in academics outside of artistic content. It is this link and a lack of realization of the importance creativity plays in the overall success of students that calls to be looked at closely. This review of literature observes creativity through the lenses of creativity traditions and implications in education, the development and fostering of creativity and the correlations between creativity and academic achievement, with the aim of viewing the benefits of the relationship between creativity, creative abilities and education.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis