Year of Award
Thesis - Campus Access Only
Master of Arts (MA)
Other Degree Name/Area of Focus
Department or School/College
Teaching and Learning
Dr. Stephanie Reid, Jeff Ross
creativity, English Language Arts, rubrics
University of Montana
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Elementary Education | Gifted Education
This study analyzes the effect of graphic organizers on the creative writing of fifth grade students in a Montana school. To complete the study, a group of nine fifth grade students’ writing was analyzed and evaluated based on a rubric that focused on four key criteria of creativity: fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration. The results of the baseline assessment data were compared to the results of the final unit’s data. The data showed promise with a minimum of 33% growth within each criterion. Students experienced the greatest growth within the criterion of elaboration with a minimum of 67% growth. The initial assessment provided students with minimal guidance on how to complete the assignment, while the subsequent assessments required students to complete a variety of graphic organizers in order to develop and support their creative writing. All students stated that the usage of graphic organizers was beneficial to the development of creativity within their writing. Upon the conclusion of the study, students began to acknowledge opportunities for their usage in academic situations beyond this domain. The initial student hesitation to utilize graphic organizers to support their writing faded and students began to recognize the functionality of graphic organizers to assist in creative development across subject areas.
Furr, Bailey D., "The Effect of Graphic Organizers on Fifth Grade Creative Writing" (2023). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 12069.
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