Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2021




Doctor of Education

Degree Type

Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Leadership


Teacher Education

First Advisor

Dr. Basil Conway, PhD

Second Advisor

Dr. Eli Jone, PhD

Third Advisor

Dr. Chris Garretson, EdD


With this quantitative quasi-experimental study, the researcher examined the effect of the implementation of a creativity development intervention on third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students as measured by the District Screener for Gifted Education in a central Georgia elementary school. Creativity development is of growing concern to U.S. educational and business leaders as jobs require creative ability. Using a two-way repeated-measures analysis of variance, the researcher compared the creativity raw scores from pre- and posttests of all third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students. The researcher also compared a representative sample of subpopulations using analysis of variance to see if the intervention affected gifted-identified and non-gifted-identified populations in different ways. Results showed significant improvement among all students, and the improvement was sustained over 9 weeks following the intervention. Findings have positive implications for development of creativity in all students.

This study will inform educational policy makers of the impact creativity development can have on adolescents.