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ERIC Number: ED531564
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 144
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1095-1918-1
Designscholar: Examining Creative Thinking in an Online Learning Community for Interior Design Graduate Students
Ransdell, Marlo Evelyn
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Florida
This study examined the creative thinking of interior design graduate students in an online learning community. This study considered potential changes in creative thinking (fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration) about design research resulting from peer-led online discussions. It further studied the learner characteristics of personal motivation and domain-relevant skills as predictors of creative thinking in interior design graduate students. This study used 21 students from three interior design graduate programs across the United States. These students participated in online discussions on the "Designscholar" website for six-weeks during the fall of 2008. Personal motivation was assessed with a standardized instrument, the Work Preference Inventory, and domain-relevant skills were evaluated with a locally developed instrument. The information from these surveys was compared with pre and post-test essay measures that assessed creative thinking and the dimensions of creative thinking; (fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration). The findings suggest that the use of peer discussions in an online learning community like "Designscholar" can increase the creative thinking about design research in interior design graduate students with particular benefit to incoming students who hold previous degrees in fields unrelated to interior design. It also found that intrinsic motivation positively influenced creative thinking about design research, while extrinsic motivation had a negative impact. The interactions in the online discussions lead to significant gains in creative thinking about understanding and defining a personal interest in interior design research. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States