Date of Award


Document Type

Non Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education




Early Childhood Education

Capstone Instructor

Lynn Gehrke

Second Reader

Cecelia Westby


early childhood education, creativity


As more eyes gaze at Early Childhood and begin to see its importance, it becomes more imperative than ever that early educators have solid foundations in child development. One area that is often overlooked in much of research has been creativity. This research examines the issue of creative development, its characteristics, its value and importance throughout life and how it is viewed by society. This capstone also uses research findings to develop a professional handbook for those interested in the validity of creativity by providing observation and assessment tools. The research explains how curriculum can be modified to better encourage growth of creativity, the impact the environment plays on creativity, various techniques professionals might use in asking questions to encourage creativity along with connections in play. Professionals choosing to utilize the comprehensive manual will be better equipped to encourage creative expression in children of all ages.


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