Each student is responsible for writing a research paper relative to the scholarly study of creativity, creative thinking, or a published creative problem solving process. The paper should draw from at least five sources that relate to the creativity study under examination. Sources may include both popular and professional, scholarly or technical sources, but at least three of the cited sources must be from professional, scholarly, or technical sources. Internet only sources will not be accepted. Go to a library. Only original sources of publications will be accepted as referenced materials. Sources may not be more than 10 years old.

The paper should be sectioned, using appropriate section headings, as follows:   a) present the topic of choice, justifying statements via sources compiled through research of published literature;  b) critique the process or content you researched (this is not a book report, do not critique sources utilized);  c) include personal application, i.e., how you see yourself using the discussed creativity topic information and/or selected creative process(es) in your professional or personal life. 

The paper should be 5-6 pages, double-spaced, 12 font, typed pages using American Psychological Association (APA) format.  

Grading criteria for the TYPED paper include the ability to demonstrate a clear understanding and application of creative theories, a clearly specified and developed topic throughout, a firm relationship between references and the selected topic, inclusion of thoughts on how the ideas discussed might have a personal application to the writer’s life, clearly written and easily understood text, the required number and type of outside references. (Pronouns are acceptable within the “Personal Application” section of the paper)


Subjects researched MUST be relative to the topic of creative problem solving. Following is a listing of documented creative thinking and/or change methods or processes. You may research any one of the following methods/process as the subject of your process paper. ONLY topics found in the matrix will be accepted unless specifically cleared by the instructor.