Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2012

Capstone Advisor

Dr. James H. Rolling Jr.

Honors Reader

Sharif Bey

Capstone Major


Capstone College


Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories


Subject Categories

Art and Design | Art Education | Education


Creativity, an already elusive term, has further transformed into a conceptual quagmire of numerous open and closed definitions during the course of the past two decades. Although creativity lacks a concrete identification, our society continues to find answers to socially and economically based problems through means labeled as creative thinking. This suggests that creativity is structurally linked to discussions on innovation—which in its exclusivity yields some positive outcomes—but negates further definitions or explorations of the word.

This thesis compiles a variety of resources from a range of fields related to the subject of creativity to offer a broad viewpoint on its overuse for the purposes of labeling and under-appreciation for the purposes understanding. Through the use of numerous studies on Art Education systems of practice, this thesis aims to demonstrate the importance of fully comprehending both what is known and unknown about human creativity—offering a particularly pragmatic lens into the exploration of this concept. Embracing this duality is crucial to our society’s contemporary crossover from the Information Age, based in convergent models of thinking and knowledge (and exemplified by subject areas like mathematics and science), into a Conceptual Age based on a much more divergent model (Pink, 2005).

Lastly, with the construction of a more cohesive definition for creativity, this thesis aims to verify the necessity of its inclusion within our system of education. Arguments will address how both fine art and non-fine art classrooms currently educate students to embrace creative though, but more importantly, how they might improve upon their efforts by redefining prevalent conceptions and challenging common misconceptions about creativity and the learning environment.

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