Date of Completion

Summer 8-22-2017

Document Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Peter J. Taylor


This synthesis is a personal narrative reflecting upon insights learned through the Critical and Creative Thinking (CCT) program at University of Massachusetts Boston. Before joining the program, I was concerned that a lack of creative ability was hindering me, both personally and professionally. My goal in undertaking CCT studies was both to enhance my own creativity and find a balance between critical and creative thinking. I came to see that creativity was not to be equated with artistic work; reflective practice was important in understanding and integrating the information and tools learned; and critical and creative thinking should be integrated rather than balanced. I introduce a model of thought and a three-step approach that leverages critical and creative thinking within a larger framework of reflection.