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ERIC Number: EJ1096228
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-2158-0502
Strategies for Teaching Brainstorming in Design Education
Mentzer, Nathan; Farrington, Shawn; Tennenhouse, Jason
Technology and Engineering Teacher, v74 n8 p8-13 May-Jun 2015
Innovation has been an important aspect of economic and scientific success in the United States for decades. Hobday, Coffey, Saalfeld, and Colwell (2011) suggested that, in order to produce innovative ideas, one must have a design-thinking mentality. This article provides the readers with an example of brainstorming techniques that have been implemented in industry and also reflect the practices used by Purdue University, College of Technology freshmen students while working through a design problem. The authors propose that these techniques, delivered to over 3,000 students in an introductory design course, have direct applicability to secondary students. This text describes brainstorming processes used in Purdue's College of Technology so that teachers may adapt and adopt these practices to their classrooms. The six brainstorming techniques are discussed along with how the students are evaluated in applying the techniques.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A