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Fostering Innovative Skills Within the Classroom: A Qualitative Analysis from Interviews with 60 Innovators

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

ISBN

978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation Division – Evaluating Student Behaviors and Attitudes

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

Page Count

16

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26.791.1 - 26.791.16

DOI

10.18260/p.24128

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https://peer.asee.org/24128

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211

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Laura Atkins University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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Laura Atkins is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois. Recent research includes projects aimed toward improving the lives of students. Her other research interests relate to health disparities along class, gender, and racial lines.

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Julian Ernesto Martinez-Moreno University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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Julian currently works as a researcher at Applied Technologies for Learning in the Arts & Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), where he has been involved in educational research on massive open online courses. His research interests lie at the intersection of psychology, sociology, business, and law. He will soon begin a joint degree program at UIUC, pursuing both a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations.

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Lalit Patil University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Patil is the principal researcher on the Educate to Innovate Project. Previously, he was the principal researcher on the Lifelong Learning Imperative project. He is a postdoctoral research fellow with Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and manages research at the Product Lifecycle Management lab. His research in mechanical engineering focuses on the role of information and semantics in managing and improving product design and manufacturing. He has also worked as a senior research fellow and senior lecturer at the University of Michigan.

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Kimber J Andrews University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

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Kimber Andrews is a PhD candidate in aesthetic education at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.

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Maryalice S. Wu University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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Maryalice is the interim Executive Director and supervisor of the Statistics, GIS, Data and Survey research group in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois. She holds a position as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois and is an Associate Fellow at the University of Oxford SAID business school. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Illinois. Her recent research focuses on the economic and health empowerment of women in developing nations. Her other projects relate to program evaluations in academia, including research on the impact of MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses). She has taught several courses at University of Illinois, including Introduction to Social Statistics, and Social Research Methods.

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Debasish Dutta Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Deba Dutta is Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Purdue University. He is also a professor of mechanical engineering. Prior to this, he served as Dean of the Graduate College at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering (2009-2014) and on the faculty of mechanical engineering at University of Michigan (1989-2009). He has also served as Acting Director of the Division of Graduate Education and IGERT Program Director at NSF.

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Barbara Hug University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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Hug is a clinical associate professor with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at UIUC. She is interested in developing and using curriculum materials that support inquiry learning in science and understanding the inquiry practices of students as they engage in extended investigations. Her current research investigates the supports needed by both teachers and students as they engage in science inquiry practices. Accordingly, her current work involves collaboration with a wide array of individuals from various backgrounds and includes examining both professional development and classroom environments

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Liora Bresler

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Abstract

Fostering Innovative Skills within the Classroom: A Qualitative Analysis from Interviews with 60 InnovatorsThe Educate to Innovate project was initiated to better understand the innovation process so thatK-12 schools, colleges and universities, businesses, and policymakers can better promoteinnovation throughout the educational, entrepreneurial, and industrial ecosystems in the U.S. TheEducate to Innovate project began with semi-structured, open-ended interviews with 60successful U.S. innovators. Digital recordings of the interviews were transcribed and analyzedqualitatively to identify attributes common to several innovators. This paper presents aqualitative analysis of six major themes that relate to classroom-level strategies for fosteringinnovation: 1) Exposure to Compelling Challenges and Real-world Problems, 2)Experiential/Hands-on Learning, 3) Changing Students Expectations about Failure, 4)Collaborative Learning, 5) Teaching Students how to Implement Ideas, and 6) Teaching Cases ofInnovation. Implications of these classroom-level strategies for fostering innovator skills arediscussed, including risk-taking, identifying “good” ideas, the ability to see the “big picture”,flexibility in one’s ideas, communication skills, and managing time and resources well.

Atkins, L., & Martinez-Moreno, J. E., & Patil, L., & Andrews, K. J., & Wu, M. S., & Dutta, D., & Hug, B., & Bresler, L. (2015, June), Fostering Innovative Skills Within the Classroom: A Qualitative Analysis from Interviews with 60 Innovators Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24128

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