Track

Research Proposal / Assessment of Student Learning

Proposal Abstract

Today's workplace dominance of creative collaborative environments highlights the importance of understanding whether students in project based learning environments are more likely to gain in creative flexibility when working in student teams compared to when working alone. Furthermore, does a specific team size enhance creativity by encouraging students to generate a wider variety of ideas? Other than creativity, are life skills such as communication, time management, and critical analysis, enhanced by working in student teams compared to working alone? This research explores creativity in student teams versus students working alone in interior design, fashion merchandising and environmental tourism.

Proposal Description

The increasing dominance of creative collaborative environments in today's workplace highlights the importance of understanding whether higher education students in project based learning environments are more likely to gain in creative flexibility when working in student teams compared to when working alone on a course assignment. Furthermore, does a specific team size enhance creativity by encouraging students to generate a wider variety of ideas? Other than creativity, are life skills such as communication, time management, and critical analysis, enhanced by working in student teams compared to working alone? Because creative problem solving skills are required in various disciplines, this research gathered data from students enrolled in interior design, fashion merchandising and environmental tourism. Although, environmental tourism is not a discipline most individuals associate creativity with, the discipline underscores the use of problem based learning to creatively solve an issue. The study employed a mixed methods approach involving an online 25 questions survey developed by the researcher that asked students to rank their perceptions using a five-point Likert scale. Additionally, at the end of the online survey students were asked to answer three open ended questions that capture student perceptions on what is best and worse about working on student teams compared to working alone while solving a creative problem based assignment. The research study's results indicate that being on student teams does not foster student creativity anymore than when students work alone. However, student team size does influence the ability of students to communicate creativity. Lastly, student team collaboration proved to be a positive for enhancing student life skills. This research is significant because it not only brings educators greater insights into student creativity when problem solving, which in turn will assist educators in the development of class assignments within collaborative and individual learning environments.

Session Format

Presentation Session

Location

Room 4

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

 
Mar 30th, 10:00 AM Mar 30th, 10:45 AM

Should Projects Be More Creative By Being On A Team?

Room 4

Today's workplace dominance of creative collaborative environments highlights the importance of understanding whether students in project based learning environments are more likely to gain in creative flexibility when working in student teams compared to when working alone. Furthermore, does a specific team size enhance creativity by encouraging students to generate a wider variety of ideas? Other than creativity, are life skills such as communication, time management, and critical analysis, enhanced by working in student teams compared to working alone? This research explores creativity in student teams versus students working alone in interior design, fashion merchandising and environmental tourism.