Document Type


Date of Degree

Fall 2016

Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Degree In

Teaching and Learning

First Advisor

Clara M. Baldus


This research explores the relationship between mindsets and divergent thinking skills. Specifically, the research questions sought to answer whether there was a positive association between a higher presence of divergent thinking skills and a creative growth mindset, as well as the impact environment has on creative growth. A total of 184 second and sixth grade students from a larger urban school district were surveyed. Data collection included: student surveys, two divergent thinking assessments, direct observation of the students and teacher notes. Results indicate most students identify with a creative growth mindset, but are lacking specific strategies to demonstrate creative growth. In addition, reflective survey results revealed the impact environment can have in helping students recognize and apply the specific strategies and characteristics highly creative people possess.


Divergent Thinking, Growth Mindset, Nurturing Creativity


ix, 63 pages


Includes bibliographical references (pages 62-63).


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