Engineering Creativity: The Influence of General Knowledge and Thinking Heuristics

Belski, I, Skiadopoulos, A, Aranda-Mena, G, Cascini, G and Russo, D 2019, 'Engineering Creativity: The Influence of General Knowledge and Thinking Heuristics' in Leonid Chechurin and Mikael Collan (ed.) Advances in Systematic Creativity, Springer Nature, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 245-264.

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Title Engineering Creativity: The Influence of General Knowledge and Thinking Heuristics
Author(s) Belski, I
Skiadopoulos, A
Aranda-Mena, G
Cascini, G
Russo, D
Year 2019
Title of book Advances in Systematic Creativity
Publisher Springer Nature
Place of publication Cham, Switzerland
Editor(s) Leonid Chechurin and Mikael Collan
Start page 245
End page 264
Subjects Higher Education
Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Decision Making
Summary This Chapter is devoted to consideration of importance of general knowledge in engineering creativity. It discusses the definition of engineering creativity, the importance of professional knowledge as well as knowledge outside the profession (general knowledge) and the role played in idea generation by expert schemae. It discusses the outcomes of idea generation experiments with Substance-Field Analysis that involved undergraduate engineering students and presents data on the experiments conducted at two universities in Italy with postgraduate students. The results of this study suggest the need to incorporate the component of 'general knowledge' into the model of creativity developed by Amabile (1983) in order to make this model suitable for the engineering profession of the twenty-first century.
Copyright notice © The Author(s) 2019
Keyword(s) Engineering creativity
idea generation
DOI - identifier 10.1007/978-3-319-78075-7_15
ISBN 9783319780740
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