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Development and Initial Validation of an Innovation Assessment

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013



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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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23.410.1 - 23.410.18



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Geoff Wright Brigham Young University

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Dr. Geoffrey A. Wright is an assistant professor of Technology and Engineering Education in the College of Technology and Engineering at Brigham Young University.

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Paul T Skaggs Brigham Young University

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Jacob Dean Wheadon Purdue University


Clifton B. Farnsworth Brigham Young University

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Clifton Farnsworth received B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Utah. He worked as a geotechnical engineer for eight years with the Utah Department of Transportation, spent three years as an Assistant Professor of civil engineering at The University of Texas at Tyler, and has a current appointment as an Assistant Professor of construction management at Brigham Young University.

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Development and Initial Validation of an Innovation Assessment In the past two decades, there has been an increased demand for more innovativeindividuals and organizations. In response to this need, a number of groups have begunto teach innovation courses to improve people’s innovation skills. While many of thesegroups report success in helping people become more innovative, there has been littleresearch on evaluating the effectiveness of the innovation courses. This study describes the development and initial validation of an innovation testinstrument – useful for evaluating innovation instruction and learning. This paperdiscusses how the author identified the content domain of the test and created test items.The paper then describes initial validation testing of the instrument. This study found that this assessment is a good first step in creating an innovationassessment that covers more of the full process of innovation than previous tests. It stillneeds further validation and improvement to make strong claims about its ability todetermine the effectiveness of an innovation course, but is a central piece in furtheringevaluation of innovation teaching, instruction, and learning.

Wright, G., & Skaggs, P. T., & Wheadon, J. D., & Farnsworth, C. B. (2013, June), Development and Initial Validation of an Innovation Assessment Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19424

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