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Teaching Creative Thinking Using Problem-based Learning

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Pedagogical Advancements in Engineering Management

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Engineering Management, Systems Engineering, Engineering Economy, and Industrial Engineering

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25.1245.1 - 25.1245.14



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Ralph Ocon Purdue University, Calumet

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Teaching Creative Thinking Using Problem Based LearningAbstractAs global competition and technological innovation continue to challenge businessorganizations, the ability to solve diverse and complex problems has become essential forstudents in every academic discipline. While pursuing their careers, technology andengineering students will soon realize that the development of creative problem solvingskills is fundamental for success in today’s workplace.For several years the author has been teaching creativity using a problem based learningapproach. The author has discovered that learning can be more relevant and interesting tostudents if they are actively involved in the learning process. Rather than relying on thetraditional lecture method or recycled case studies, the problem based learning used in theauthor’s course involves students solving both personal and job related problems. In thecourse the author provides students, individually and in teams, with a variety ofunstructured and open-ended problem solving activities and assignments. These activitiesand assignments of actual or simulated real world challenges are used to develop creativeproblem solving skills that will help prepare students for the 21st century workplace.In the paper, the author will describe the problem based learning approached used toteach creativity. The author will identify the benefits students derive from problem basedlearning. Also, examples of how the author uses problem based learning activities andassignments to teach creative thinking skills will be provided. Additionally, the authorwill provide ideas for technology and engineering faculty on how they can utilizeproblem based learning in their courses.

Ocon, R. (2012, June), Teaching Creative Thinking Using Problem-based Learning Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--22002

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