Spring 5-19-2016

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Scott Waltz


In order for effective teaching to take place, future educators must strive to bring creative critical thinking back inside the classroom, parting ways from traditional scripted curriculum programs. For this Capstone project, the researchers questioned the impact of scripted curriculum inside the classroom. Research found that the dependence on scripted curriculum in schools was the direct result to the stress associated with accountability for student performance imposed by the state and school boards onto teachers. This resulted in teachers no longer able to integrate project based learning, creativity, or critical thinking exercises into their lessons. Therefore, these results inspired an action project called SPARK!. The SPARK! After School Program strives to give all students the opportunity to participate in engaging academic lessons that focus on extended learning outside the classroom. The program promotes the importance of enrichment activities that allow for creative and critical thinking that enhances academic achievement and personal growth for all students.

Key Words: Scripted curriculum, critical thinking skills, creative skills, SPARK!, enrichment

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