Nurturing creativity and design teaching

Are we doing all we can?

Gül E. Okudan, Ann McKenna, Carolyn Plumb, Hyun K. Ro, Alexander Yin

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    Abstract

    In this paper, we report on the results from a qualitative study of six exemplary engineering programs focusing on the ways and the extent of nurturing creativity in engineering students. The study (P360: Prototyping the Engineering of 2020) included data collection from students, faculty, and administrators at the six institutions. This data collection focused mainly on three student outcomes, including design and problem solving. Creativity and how creativity was nurtured, both inside the classroom and outside, often emerged as a major theme. We also support our qualitative findings with quantitative data. Overall, the results indicate that although students improve their creativity in design settings, this result is mostly a by-product of design teaching, and creativity is not taught per se. Quantitative results show that program emphasis on creativity and innovation significantly correlates to skill levels in design problem solving, interdisciplinarity, contextual awareness, and recognizing perspectives. Qualitative data provide supporting evidence for this.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
    Pages751-761
    Number of pages11
    Volume7
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2011
    EventASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2011 - Washington, DC, United States
    Duration: Aug 28 2011Aug 31 2011

    Other

    OtherASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2011
    CountryUnited States
    CityWashington, DC
    Period8/28/118/31/11

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    Teaching
    Students
    Engineering
    Byproducts
    Innovation
    Prototyping
    Correlate
    Creativity
    Design

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
    • Computer Science Applications
    • Modeling and Simulation

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    Okudan, G. E., McKenna, A., Plumb, C., Ro, H. K., & Yin, A. (2011). Nurturing creativity and design teaching: Are we doing all we can? In Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference (Vol. 7, pp. 751-761) https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2011-47837

    Nurturing creativity and design teaching : Are we doing all we can? / Okudan, Gül E.; McKenna, Ann; Plumb, Carolyn; Ro, Hyun K.; Yin, Alexander.

    Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference. Vol. 7 2011. p. 751-761.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Okudan, GE, McKenna, A, Plumb, C, Ro, HK & Yin, A 2011, Nurturing creativity and design teaching: Are we doing all we can? in Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference. vol. 7, pp. 751-761, ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2011, Washington, DC, United States, 8/28/11. https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2011-47837
    Okudan GE, McKenna A, Plumb C, Ro HK, Yin A. Nurturing creativity and design teaching: Are we doing all we can? In Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference. Vol. 7. 2011. p. 751-761 https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2011-47837
    Okudan, Gül E. ; McKenna, Ann ; Plumb, Carolyn ; Ro, Hyun K. ; Yin, Alexander. / Nurturing creativity and design teaching : Are we doing all we can?. Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference. Vol. 7 2011. pp. 751-761
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