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ERIC Number: EJ837709
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0304-3797
An Empirical Study of Industrial Engineering and Management Curriculum Reform in Fostering Students' Creativity
Chen, Chi-Kuang; Jiang, Bernard C.; Hsu, Kuang-Yiao
European Journal of Engineering Education, v30 n2 p191-202 May 2005
The objective of this paper is to examine the effectiveness of a creativity-fostering program in industrial engineering and management (IE&M) curriculum reform. Fostering creativity in students has become a crucial issue in industrial engineering education. In a survey of previous studies, we found few on IE&M curriculum reform. In particular, no study has dealt directly with fostering students' creativity. In this study, we propose an IE&M curriculum reform program. The core of this program is intended to enhance students' creative problem solving ability. Based on this concept, three required courses were developed: industrial communication, creative problem solving, and scientific research methodology. To investigate the effectiveness of this curriculum reform program, we conducted a two-year follow-up study. One hundred seventy-seven IE&M undergraduates from Yuan-Ze University participated this study, and Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT) were used to measure changes in their creativity. The results showed that the students, after completing this reformed curriculum program, had significantly improved their creativity. (Contains 1 figure and 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking