Work in Progress: Engineering students' changing conceptions of the value of creativity

Sarah E. Zappe, Joseph Tise

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Abstract

The technical engineering curriculum at most universities does not provide many opportunities for students to engage in the creative process. Given these limited opportunities to be creative, we hypothesize that engineering students' perceptions of themselves as creative individuals and their perceived value of creativity may change during their undergraduate careers. A longitudinal, pre/post-survey design was implemented to address the research question: How do engineering students' creative self-concepts and their perceptions about creativity change during their undergraduate careers? Results show that students' creative self-concepts did not change from the first-year to the senior year. However, students' perceived expectations of creativity behaviours in their engineering courses and the perceived personal and professional value of creativity were significantly lower in the senior year. The results of the study suggest that additional opportunities for students to engage in the creative process need to be more fully integrated within the engineering curriculum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th Research in Engineering Education Symposium, REES 2019 - Making Connections
EditorsBruce Kloot
PublisherResearch in Engineering Education Network
Pages10-17
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780799226003
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Event8th Research in Engineering Education Symposium: Making Connections, REES 2019 - Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: Jul 10 2019Jul 12 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 8th Research in Engineering Education Symposium, REES 2019 - Making Connections

Conference

Conference8th Research in Engineering Education Symposium: Making Connections, REES 2019
CountrySouth Africa
CityCape Town
Period7/10/197/12/19

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)

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