Jennifer L. Katz-Buonincontro, Orin C. Davis, Abi Aghayere, Dave Rosen
Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology, Volume 15, Issue 1, Pages 55-79
Publication year: 2016

We report on the findings from an exploratory pilot study using the experiencesampling method (ESM) and interviews to examine learning in two undergraduate engineering technology courses designed to promote creativity. Results of the ESM analysis showed that students’ positive experience decreased slightly in the first course and increased slightly in the latter course. Surprisingly, both instructors’ presence caused students to report lower levels of willingness to express a creative idea and feel like other students were really listening. Interviews revealed student perceptions about the importance of creativity as essential to the engineering industry and beliefs about being creative in the classroom during the stages of the design process, which relies heavily on group work. Discussion builds on these themes for facilitating creative classrooms emphasizing work with peers as an integral part of curricular and instructional design.