Date of Completion
Open Access Capstone
Master of Arts (MA)
Peter J. Taylor
I began the CCT program several years into a teaching career in South Korea. My goal at the time was to better understand creativity so as to better support my own students’ creative development. This synthesis discusses some of the challenges I faced in bring CCT into my own classroom and some of the ways I tried to implement what I learned through the program in my own classes. My role as a Guest English Teacher is explored in how it enabled me to use my classroom as a testing ground for CCT concepts. The application of these CCT concepts is tracked through a number of changes at my school and the impact on my students is laid out through student testimony. The final arc of this synthesis covers the shift in my own focus from my own classroom to how I can impact the classrooms of my Korean colleagues using what I have learned in my class to re conceptualize creativity into an actionable form for Korean teachers who don’t have in depth training in creativity. I break creativity down into: Agency, Association, and Process Focus and illustrate how these concepts can be integrated into other class structures to enhance Korean teachers’ abilities to support their own student growth. The entirety of this synthesis covers my own trajectory as a teacher of CCT in a very specific educational environment. However, it is presented with the hope that the lessons I have learned and the insights I have gleaned can be applied, with some creativity, to other educational situations.
Symonds, Ray, "Smuggling in Creativity: My process of creating spaces in the hierarchical school system of the Republic of Korea to stash the seeds of creative thinking" (2018). Critical and Creative Thinking Capstones Collection. 380.