Capstone/Dissertation Title

Creativity and intrapersonal intelligence: a case study

Term

2006

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed is, in what ways would focusing on intrapersonal intelligence increase a student's creative thinking behavior. It documents one teacher's study of why some students are creative while peers may not be as creative. Creative products, processes, behaviors and persons are related to learning theories. The Armstrong Multiple Intelligence Survey and The Torrance Test of Creative Thinking were used as baseline measures. Key influences included Gardener, Sternberg, and Torrance. Five area learning center students participated by writing poetry and creating visual work that focused on intrapersonal intelligence. Detailed characteristics of different types of students are identified. Type one students use creativity outlets and are will be destructive in order to be constructive. Type two students lack the courage to take the risk to be creative. Type three students lack courage and curiosity due to learned helplessness.

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