Are creativity and self-efficacy at odds? an exploration in variations of product dissection in engineering education

Elizabeth M. Starkey, Samuel T. Hunter, Scarlett R. Miller

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The purpose of product dissection is to teach students how a product works and provide them with inspiration for new ideas. However, little is known about how variations in dissection activities impact creative outcomes or engineering self-efficacy (ESE) and creative self-efficacies (CSE). This is important since the goal of engineering education is to produce capable and creative engineers. The current study was, thus, developed to address this research gap through a factorial experiment. The results showed that idea development was not impacted by dissection conditions but that ESE and CSE were increased through these activities. The results also showed that higher levels of CSE and ESE had alternate effects on novel idea development indicating they are at odds in engineering education.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Article number012001
JournalJournal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME
Volume141
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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