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The Impact of a Creativity-focused REU on Students’ Conceptions of Research and Creativity

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Graduate Studies Potpourri

Tagged Division

Graduate Studies

Page Count

14

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https://peer.asee.org/31105

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18

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Sarah E. Zappe Pennsylvania State University

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Dr. Sarah Zappe is Research Associate and Director of Assessment and Instructional Support in the Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education at Penn State. She holds a doctoral degree in educational psychology emphasizing applied measurement and testing. In her position, Sarah is responsible for developing instructional support programs for faculty, providing evaluation support for educational proposals and projects, and working with faculty to publish educational research. Her research interests primarily involve creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship education.

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Joseph C. Tise Pennsylvania State University

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Joseph Tise is a doctoral candidate in the Educational Psychology program at Penn State University. His research interests include self-regulated learning, measurement, and connecting educational research to practice.

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Megan Huffstickler Pennsylvania State University

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Megan Huffstickler in an Academic Adviser in the Biology Department at Penn State. Her undergraduate work is in Chemistry, and she will be receiving an MS in Educational Psychology from Penn State in May 2018.

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Keefe B. Manning Pennsylvania State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-9029-5217

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Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Surgery

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Margaret June Slattery Pennsylvania State University

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Margaret Slattery Ph.D., has been a faculty member at Penn State University in Biomedical Engineering since 2007 and her career has focused on undergraduate students and their academic experiences. She currently is directing a new office within Undergraduate Education aimed to increase the visibility and support for General Education while helping to implement a new General Education program for all PSU undergraduates.

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Abstract

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) have been strongly supported through the National Science Foundation as a way to increase the number of students engaged with research and potentially attend graduate school. This qualitative study examines the impact of a creativity-focused REU program in biomedical engineering on students’ conceptions of research and its relationship to the creative process. In addition, this study examines how faculty incorporate concepts of the creative process in their work with the REU students. Results of the study show that after participating in the program, students were likely to have a conception of research that was broader and more cyclical. Results also suggest that students recognize the connection between research and the creative process, and that the experience dispelled misconceptions of creativity that it only applies to the arts. Limitations of the study and future directions for the program and related research are discussed.

Zappe, S. E., & Tise, J. C., & Huffstickler, M., & Manning, K. B., & Slattery, M. J. (2018, June), The Impact of a Creativity-focused REU on Students’ Conceptions of Research and Creativity Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/31105

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