Confidently exploring the solution space: The within-subject effects of product dissection on design variety and creative self-efficacy

Elizabeth M. Starkey, Mohammad Alsager Alzayed, Samuel Todd Hunter, Scarlett Rae Miller

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Abstract

Product dissection is a popular educational tool in engineering design due to its ability to help students understand the components and sub-components of a product, provide inspiration for new design ideas, and aid in product redesign. While prior research has investigated how dissecting a product before idea generation impacts the creative output of the ideation session, these studies failed to look at the types of ideas generated before dissection or how the type of product dissected impacts this. In addition, few studies have looked at how creative self-efficacy (CSE), or one’s belief in their creative ability, is influenced by these intervention activities. Thus, the current study was developed to respond to these research voids through an exploratory study with engineering design students. The results of the study suggest that virtual dissection helps students generate a larger variety of ideas after the activity at the physical principle, working principle, and embodiment levels, and that the complexity of the dissected product impacts variation at the embodiment level. In addition, CSE was not affected by the dissection activity. These results strongly support the utilization and implementation of dissection practices in engineering education as a means for aiding students in the expansion of the solution space in the early stages of design. They also bring attention to the need to explore the exact cause-effect relationship between innovation interventions and student confidence gains in their creative abilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication20th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 15th International Conference on Design Education
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791851784
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
EventASME 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2018 - Quebec City, Canada
Duration: Aug 26 2018Aug 29 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
Volume3

Other

OtherASME 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2018
CountryCanada
CityQuebec City
Period8/26/188/29/18

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Self-efficacy
Dissection
Students
Embodiment
Engineering Design
Engineering Education
Engineering education
Voids
Innovation
Confidence
Design
Output

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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Starkey, E. M., Alzayed, M. A., Hunter, S. T., & Miller, S. R. (2018). Confidently exploring the solution space: The within-subject effects of product dissection on design variety and creative self-efficacy. In 20th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 15th International Conference on Design Education (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference; Vol. 3). American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2018-85875
Starkey, Elizabeth M. ; Alzayed, Mohammad Alsager ; Hunter, Samuel Todd ; Miller, Scarlett Rae. / Confidently exploring the solution space : The within-subject effects of product dissection on design variety and creative self-efficacy. 20th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 15th International Conference on Design Education. American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2018. (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference).
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Starkey, EM, Alzayed, MA, Hunter, ST & Miller, SR 2018, Confidently exploring the solution space: The within-subject effects of product dissection on design variety and creative self-efficacy. in 20th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 15th International Conference on Design Education. Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference, vol. 3, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), ASME 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2018, Quebec City, Canada, 8/26/18. https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2018-85875

Confidently exploring the solution space : The within-subject effects of product dissection on design variety and creative self-efficacy. / Starkey, Elizabeth M.; Alzayed, Mohammad Alsager; Hunter, Samuel Todd; Miller, Scarlett Rae.

20th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 15th International Conference on Design Education. American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2018. (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference; Vol. 3).

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Starkey EM, Alzayed MA, Hunter ST, Miller SR. Confidently exploring the solution space: The within-subject effects of product dissection on design variety and creative self-efficacy. In 20th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 15th International Conference on Design Education. American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). 2018. (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference). https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2018-85875