Spring 2016

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Teacher Education


Helping students organize their thoughts is an important component of teaching. Including thinking maps in instruction is beneficial and can be used to measure multiple aspects of student learning, such as understanding creativity. Creativity is a unique construct and often not evaluated in schools. This qualitative study examined creativity, which is the collection of the person, the field, and the domain (Ford, 1996), through a rubric, interviews, a sorting task, and teacher logs. A convenience sample including three high school students were selected to participate. The triangulation of the data sources revealed four themes: collaboration with peers and adults, brainstorming makes academic tasks more accessible, tolerating difficulty, and making connections.