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Creativity in Green Roof Design: Digital Consensual Assessment Outcomes from a High School Engineering Camp

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

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June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Design Across the Curriculum

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Design in Engineering Education

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24.339.1 - 24.339.17



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Jennifer Buelin-Biesecker North Carolina State University

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Cameron Denson North Carolina State University

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Creativity in Green Roof Design: Digital Consensual Assessment Outcomes from a High School Engineering Camp The field of technology and engineering education has identified creativity as essential toits mission (ITEA/ITEEA, 2000/2002/2007). However, a perceived inability to assess creativeattributes of students’ work has often precluded creativity instruction in the classroom. TheConsensual Assessment Technique (CAT) has shown promise in a variety of domains for itspotential as a valid and reliable means of creativity assessment. Relying upon an operationaldefinition of creativity and a group of raters experienced in a given domain, the CAT offers thefield of engineering design education an assessment method that has demonstrated discriminantvalidity for dimensions of creativity as well as for technical strength and aesthetic appeal. Thispaper reports on a web-based adaptation of the CAT for rating student projects developed duringa week-long engineering camp. High school students were charged with designing a green roofwith design constraints related to water management, medium used, plant life, and structuralintegrity. Images of resulting scale models, technical drawings and poster presentation materialswere displayed on a website which was accessed by a team of seven independent raters. Onlinesurvey software featuring a series of Likert-type scales was used for ratings. IPads were used forassessment input as raters viewed project images on larger computer screens. This effortextended the accessibility of the CAT to raters beyond limitations of geographic location. This paper reports on the inter-rater reliability of the web-based CAT instrument as wellas the discriminant validity for purposes of measuring creativity apart from other measuredproject dimensions. The authors discuss recommendations and implications of this user interfacearrangement as it pertains to the practical digital implementation of the CAT.  

Buelin-Biesecker, J., & Denson, C. (2014, June), Creativity in Green Roof Design: Digital Consensual Assessment Outcomes from a High School Engineering Camp Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20230

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