Date of Award


Document Type

Research Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education



First Advisor

Carol Knicker




The purpose of this study was twofold. First, it sought to determine how to improve students’ cooperative learning skills and the ability to work in teams among gifted students. Secondly, whether and to what effect improved cooperative learning skills had on creativity among gifted students. Teamwork was improved through a direct instruction unit on teamwork, where students participated in coding activities, role-plays, and other cooperative games. Destination Imagination challenges were used to determine teamwork and creativity scores and students participated in a survey of their own and their teammates performance on the challenges. The participants were 38 gifted students from a mid-Atlantic school district ranging in grades from 2- 5. The results showed a statistically significant improvement in students’ ability to work cooperatively as well as a promising link between teamwork and creativity scores.

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