Idea generation training

Impact on originality, fluency, flexibility, and elaboration among university students

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Abstract

Creativity plays an important role in solving everyday problems and enhancing the quality of life. Consequently, one of the primary focus of today's education system is on developing students' creativity. It is suggested that one's creative ability can be trained; thus a training module was developed focusing on divergent thinking to improve students creative thinking skills. A quasi-experimental pretest-posttest non-equivalent control group design was employed to identify the effect of the training. A total of 150 students were involved in the study (79 students in the experimental group and 71 in the control group). Multivariate Analysis of Covariance (MANCOVA) with pre-test score as a covariate was used to identify the effect of creative idea generation training on students' creativity. Results from MANCOVA show that creative idea generation training can enhance student creativity. Students in the experimental group also reported positive perceptions on the effects of the creative idea generation training. The emphasis on the development of positive perception of an individual's creative potential as well as metacognitive strategies which make thinking techniques and processes explicit used during the training is expected to have contributed towards the increase in their creativity scores. In general, the research findings support the use of short-term stand-alone training which provides a positive environment for creative thinking as well as the usage of metacognitive strategies that make students thinking explicit, aiding in increasing students' creative thinking competency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-28
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Economic Research
Volume14
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

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Keywords

  • Creativity
  • Divergent thinking
  • Idea generation
  • Thinking tools

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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