Date of Completion


Document Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Jeremy Szteiter

Second Advisor

Peter Taylor


The purpose of capstone is to address the application of Critical and Creative Thinking practices and principles to improve audiovisual production that intends to communicate complicated health information. This paper synthetized the application of the principles of the Habits of Mind (HOM) as Critical and Creative Thinking tool to improve audio-visual (AV) production. The project that spurred this specific question was my experience working as a Research Assistant (RA) at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DF) where I developed videos and booklets to help Latino patients to understand the purposes of chemotherapy in advanced cancer. Five principles of Habits of Mind (HOM) were identified and how their application might improve video production process and prompts AV creator’s creativity: 1. Persisting, 2. Listening to others with understanding and empathy, 3. Thinking about our thinking or Metacognition, 4. Striving for accuracy and precision, 5. Finding humor. In this synthesis, I explain why critical and creative thinking practices and principles are need in audio-visual production, the application of HOM in English-Language Learners (ELLs), and the application of HOM in EL CENTRO. Finally, I make/give recommendation for AV producers, reflect on how the Critical and Creative Thinking program helped me to become a better filmmaker, and my synthesis conclusion.