June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Educational Research and Methods
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Defining and Measuring Innovative Thinking Among Engineering Undergraduates Innovative thinking skill development among engineering undergraduates is of criticalimportance to the global economy. The ability to transform creative ideas into useful productsand services through problem-solving that requires applying known information to unknownsituations, finding new information and assessing its value or worth, and collaboratingsynergistically to develop ideas can be developed through pedagogical approaches that createengaging and active learning environments. Instructional technology, when used effectively, hasbeen shown to enhance educational environments facilitating active and engaging learningstrategies such as providing access to information, ideas, and collaborative exchanges focused ongenerating innovative solutions. Recent advancements in slate enabled laptop computers andsmaller slate hand-held devices (e.g., Tablet PCs, iPads, HP Slate 500s), a form of instructionaltechnology, and their impact on innovative thinking skills have been relatively unexamined. Thispaper reports the initial findings from a NSF sponsored study that is being undertaken toexamine whether effective use of instructional technology, specifically slate enabled technology,has an impact on the innovative thinking skills among engineering undergraduates enrolled inlarge lecture classes. The methodology used in this study a quasi-experimental mixed methodapproach utilizing a control and treatment group. Findings can be used to improve innovativethinking skills through effective pedagogical approaches which may include employment ofvarious forms of slate enabled instructional technology.
Amelink, C. T., & Watford, B. A., & Scales, G. R., & Mohammadi-Aragh, M. J., & Farquhar-Caddell, D. (2013, June), Defining and Measuring Innovative Thinking Among Engineering Undergraduates Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19380
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