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Development of Creativity of Engineering Students: A Cause for Concern?

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Design Thinking and Creativity

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Educational Research and Methods

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Andrew Valentine RMIT University

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Andrew is a PhD candidate at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. His research interests include development of creativity and problem solving skills within engineering curricula, educational technology, and transitioning of learning material from a traditional classroom environment to an online, digital based setting.

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Iouri Belski RMIT University

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Iouri Belski is a professor of engineering problem-solving at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia. His areas of research interest include thinking and problem-solving, transformation from novice to expert, learning, memory, creativity and Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ). Iouri is a recipient of 2009 Australian Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2016 the Australian Government Awarded him with the National Senior Teaching Fellowship.

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Margaret Hamilton RMIT University

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This research paper describes the study of how instruction in the use of an idea generation heuristic may differently influence the creativity performance of first year, third year, and postgraduate students from the same institution. Innovation and creativity are increasingly becoming important skills for engineers, but some students suffer design fixation and are unable to effectively produce solution ideas. An experiment was devised whereby students received instruction in use of an idea generation heuristic, and then spent time generating ideas to a real-world engineering-related problem. Results showed that first year students performed better than third year students, who in turn performed better than postgraduate students. These outcomes suggest that if idea generation heuristics are to be introduced to curriculum, they may be most effective if introduced in first year of study when students may be more willing to accept and utilise such creativity techniques.

Valentine, A., & Belski, I., & Hamilton, M. (2018, June), Development of Creativity of Engineering Students: A Cause for Concern? Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30328

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