Creativity in design: A cross-disciplinary approach

Kamyar C. Mahboub, Yinhui Liu, Susantha Chandraratna, Margaret B. Portillo

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The issue of creativity in design was studied within two very diverse disciplines at the University of Kentucky. These disciplines were: Civil Engineering and Interior Design. These two disciplines were selected for their vastly different styles of creativity in practice and pedagogy. The study had two phases. The first phase was to assess the creativity of the freshman class in both disciplines. The second phase was to expose a subset of the students to a series of creativity training modules and assess any shift in their creative abilities. To accomplish this, a statistically valid experiment was designed using "control" and "treatment" groups within each discipline. The data demonstrated improvements in some categories of creativity. This improvement in the creativity index was possible as a result of a special creativity-training module. Future work will include larger pool, and longitudinal creativity studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2131-2140
Number of pages10
JournalASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2003
Event2003 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Staying in Tune with Engineering Education - Nashville, TN, United States
Duration: Jun 22 2003Jun 25 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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