Teaching thinking and problems solving at University: A course on TRIZ

Belski, I 2009, 'Teaching thinking and problems solving at University: A course on TRIZ', Creativity and Innovation Management, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 101-108.


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Title Teaching thinking and problems solving at University: A course on TRIZ
Author(s) Belski, I
Year 2009
Journal name Creativity and Innovation Management
Volume number 18
Issue number 2
Start page 101
End page 108
Total pages 8
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Abstract Thinking and problem solving skills are considered to be of significant importance in many professions. Surveys indicate that university education fails in appropriately enhancing these skills. This paper presents a concept of teaching thinking and problem solving as a separate course, based on the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ). Student surveys showed that students' perception of their abilities in problem solving changed vastly as a consequence of the course. Students reflected that they would never have expected themselves to come up with the ideas they eventually thought of and suggested while conducting their final project, had they not been formally taught about the tools of problem solving. It was also found that this course on TRIZ thinking tools impacted students' problem solving abilities much more than discipline-based courses, supporting the superiority of the `enrichment' over the 'infusion' approach.
Subject Higher Education
Engineering not elsewhere classified
DOI - identifier 10.1111/j.1467-8691.2009.00518.x
ISSN 0963-1690
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