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How do engineering students perceive the importance of creativity within their own leadership development?

Johnson, P and Jablokow, K How do engineering students perceive the importance of creativity within their own leadership development? In: American Society for Engineering Education. ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings . (2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, 16 June 2019 - 19 June 2019, Tampa, Florida). (Accepted)

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Abstract

Creativity is essential for success in the engineering field at all levels of individual development, from novices to experts and from early career engineers to experienced engineering leaders. Some global technical organizations go to extraordinary lengths to develop working environments that hone the creative skills of their employees, while an increasing number of academic institutions strive to deliver curricula focused on creativity from a variety of perspectives. Despite these efforts, engineering professionals and academics continue to debate the best ways to embed and facilitate creativity in engineering programs. In this exploratory research, we analyzed a sample of graduate-level engineering students’ perceptions of the importance of creativity to their professional and leadership development. Then, we explored whether those perceptions could be influenced through activity-based learning. Specifically, we embedded creativity concepts and practices within a masters-level engineering course focused on professional and leadership skills at University X. Creativity was introduced through a dedicated 3-hour lecture session and several activity-based learning sessions throughout the course. We captured the students’ awareness and perceptions of creativity at multiple points throughout the course using a combination of assessments, including tailored questionnaires, the Belbin team roles instrument, self-reflection questionnaires, peer feedback questionnaires, and peer reviews. The students’ progressive changes in awareness and perceptions of creativity, if any, were then extracted and analyzed using these datasets.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: © 2019 American Society for Engineering Education. ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings, 16-19th June 2019, Tampa, Florida USA.
Uncontrolled Keywords: creativity; Engineering Leadership; Leadership development; Graduate education
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: Electronics and Electrical Engineering
Publisher: ASEE American Society for Engineering Education
Date Deposited: 13 May 2019 12:22
Last Modified: 13 May 2019 12:22
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10678

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