June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Pre-College Engineering Education Division
Creative thinking in design is a focus of PK-12 engineering education. It is important for future PK-12 teachers of engineering and STEM education to gain capability, confidence and motivation in creativity. Pre-service teachers at a primarily undergraduate college near Trenton, NJ are required to take the course, Creative Design, as an integral part of their degree sequence. Creative Design is a course that blends student from several majors across the college campus (e.g. Teaching, Engineering, Sociology, Business, Art) and asks them to create interdisciplinary teams. At the beginning of Fall 2016, students in three sections of the Creative Design course completed the Creative Self-Efficacy and Creative Role-Identity Scale (Karwowski et. al, 2012) pretest and a pair of Ideation activities to measure creative capacity (Mind-Mapping, 30 Circles Challenge). Throughout the semester, students used Design Thinking to engage in creative problem solving. Distinct design strategies were explored and applied by the students. These strategies were organized into three Design Thinking spaces; Inspiration, Ideation, and Implementation. At the end of the course, students completed the Creative Self-Efficacy and Creative Role-Identity Scale posttest and the same pair of ideation activities.
Huffman, T. J., & Figueroa, M. A. (2017, June), Board # 95 : The Effects of Design Thinking Methods on Pre-service PK-12 Engineering and STEM Teacher Capabilities, Confidence, and Motivation in Creativity (Work in Progress) Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/27962
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