Handbook of Research on Creative Problem-Solving Skill Development in Higher Education

Handbook of Research on Creative Problem-Solving Skill Development in Higher Education

Chunfang Zhou (Aalborg University, Denmark)
Release Date: September, 2016|Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 632
ISBN13: 9781522506430|ISBN10: 1522506438|EISBN13: 9781522506447|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0643-0


Developing students’ creative problem-solving skills is paramount to today’s teachers, due to the exponentially growing demand for cognitive plasticity and critical thinking in the workforce. In today’s knowledge economy, workers must be able to participate in creative dialogue and complex problem-solving. This has prompted institutions of higher education to implement new pedagogical methods such as problem-based and case-based education.

The Handbook of Research on Creative Problem-Solving Skill Development in Higher Education is an essential, comprehensive collection of the newest research in higher education, creativity, problem solving, and pedagogical design. It provides the framework for further research opportunities in these dynamic, necessary fields. Featuring work regarding problem-oriented curriculum and its applications and challenges, this book is essential for policy makers, teachers, researchers, administrators, students of education.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Competency-Based Training
  • Creativity Techniques
  • Critical Thinking
  • Curriculum Design
  • Instruction Methods
  • Leadership of Students
  • Learning Style
  • Peer Learning
  • Self-Directed Learning
  • Student-centered Learning

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Table of Contents
Fredricka Reisman
Chunfang Zhou
Chunfang Zhou
Chapter 1
Chunfang Zhou
Recent studies have emphasized issues of social emergence based on thinking of societies as complex systems. The complexity of professional practice... Sample PDF
Fostering Creative Problem Solvers in Higher Education: A Response to Complexity of Societies
Chapter 2
Kelsey E. Medeiros, Logan L. Watts, Michael D. Mumford
Despite the importance of constraints in creative efforts, little research examines the role of constraints in the creative process, how leaders... Sample PDF
Thinking Inside the Box: Educating Leaders to Manage Constraints
Chapter 3
Christiane Kirsch, Todd Lubart, Herie de Vries, Claude Houssemand
The present research investigates the cognitive and conative profile underlying scientific creativity in psychology. An innovative creativity test... Sample PDF
Scientific Creativity in Psychology: A Cognitive-Conative Approach
Chapter 4
Giovanni Emanuele Corazza, Sergio Agnoli, Sara Martello
In this chapter, the teaching methodologies and pedagogical styles adopted within the “Creativity and Innovation”course, offered at the University... Sample PDF
A Creativity and Innovation Course for Engineers
Chapter 5
René Victor Valqui Vidal
In this chapter, the principles of active learning and the contents of a creativity course entitled: Creativity and Problem Solving, are presented.... Sample PDF
Teaching Creative Problem Solving in Engineering Education
Chapter 6
Gemma Rodríguez, Josep-Eladi Baños, Mar Carrió
The increasing complexity of biomedical research has led to new models for collaborative research at large scale. Big science projects require... Sample PDF
Creativity Development through Inquiry-Based Learning in Biomedical Sciences
Chapter 7
Tatiana Chemi
This chapter aims to deconstruct some persistent myths about creativity: the myth of individualism and of the genius. By looking at literature that... Sample PDF
Distributed Problem-Solving: How Artists' Participatory Strategies Can Inspire Creativity in Higher Education
Chapter 8
Miao Yu, Jianxin Li, Wei Wang
This chapter mainly focuses on creativity and creative life experience of medical students in a university in China, in order to find out strategies... Sample PDF
Creative Life Experience among Students in Medical Education
Chapter 9
Gerard J. Puccio, Susan Keller Mathers, Selcuk Acar, Nur Cayirdag
This chapter provides an overview of the programs offered by the International Center for Studies in Creativity (ICSC) at Buffalo State, State... Sample PDF
International Center for Studies in Creativity: Curricular Overview and Impact of Instruction on the Creative Problem-Solving Attitudes of Graduate Students
Chapter 10
Andrew Connor, Ricardo Sosa, Anna G. Jackson, Stefan Marks
This chapter outlines a new perspective on disciplinary collaboration that draws inspiration from ecology that observes that the edges where... Sample PDF
Problem Solving at the Edge of Disciplines
Chapter 11
Zineb Djoub
Portfolios can serve a crucial role in helping students develop their critical thinking in writing, thereby promoting write-to-learn philosophy in... Sample PDF
Enhancing Students' Critical Thinking through Portfolios: Portfolio Content and Process of Use
Chapter 12
Søren S. E. Bengtsen
In doctoral education, the formal structures include the Graduate School system, PhD courses, and supervision contracts, etc. Doctoral education... Sample PDF
An Exploration of Darkness within Doctoral Education: Creative Learning Approaches of Doctoral Students
Chapter 13
Cyndi Burnett, Susan Keller-Mathers
The Torrance Incubation Model (TIM) provides a simple and highly effective mechanism for integrating creativity into the teaching of any subject.... Sample PDF
Integrating Creative Thinking Skills into the Higher Education Classroom
Chapter 14
Julia von Thienen, Adam Royalty, Christoph Meinel
This chapter introduces design thinking as an educational approach to enhance creative problem-solving skills. It is a problem-based learning... Sample PDF
Design Thinking in Higher Education: How Students become Dedicated Creative Problem Solvers
Chapter 15
Roxanne DuVivier, Carol Logan Patitu, Sheri Stover
This chapter examines the perceptions of nineteen graduate students' regarding the incorporation of Project-Based Learning (PtBL) in a Student... Sample PDF
Students' Learning Experiences in Project-Based Learning (PtBL): With Pain Comes Gain
Chapter 16
Kijpokin Kasemsap
This chapter aims to advocate the development of Problem-Based Learning (PBL) and creative problem-solving skills in global education, thus... Sample PDF
Advocating Problem-Based Learning and Creative Problem-Solving Skills in Global Education
Chapter 17
Lakshmi Sunil Prakash, Dinesh Kumar Saini
Higher educational Institutions all over the world are grappling with increased student population, several domains of learning and varied... Sample PDF
Instructional Design Technology in Higher Education System: Role and Impact on Developing Creative Learning Environments
Chapter 18
Line Helverskov Horn, Md. Saifuddin Khalid
This chapter regards creative problem solving as a professional identity skill that can be fostered by creative learning environments supported by... Sample PDF
Developing Creative Problem Solvers and Professional Identity through ICT in Higher Education
Chapter 19
Colleen Halupa
Creativity of thought and critical thinking are two concepts that faculty struggle with teaching in higher education, particularly in the distance... Sample PDF
Reaching “Creating” in Bloom's Taxonomy: The Merging of Heutagogy and Technology in Online Learning
Chapter 20
Aparna Purushothaman
Internet technologies play a significant role to enhance creativity of the students in learning environments. Internet literacy is vital to... Sample PDF
Applying Blooms Digital Taxonomy to Address Creativity and Second Order Digital Divide in Internet Skills
Chapter 21
Framing Creative Problems  (pages 472-493)
Ricardo Sosa, Andy M. Connor, Bruce Corson
Problems are a type of situations that are mentally and socially framed to direct efforts and resources with the aim to change them into desired... Sample PDF
Framing Creative Problems
Chapter 22
Chuanhua Gu
This chapter aimed to discuss the relationships between creative teaching, creative learning and the role played by creative teachers in the... Sample PDF
On the Relationships between Creative Learning, Creative Teaching, and Roles of Creative Teachers
Chapter 23
Masaaki Hasegawa
The author aims to provide an alternative perspective on creativity in order to accelerate a paradigm shift in creativity in higher education. The... Sample PDF
New Paradigm of Creativity: From Newtonian Mechanics to Quantum Mechanics and Higher Education Development
Chapter 24
Chunfang Zhou
As a response to the growing challenges brought about by complexity in professional practice, the collection of chapters in this volume guides an... Sample PDF
Going Towards Adaption, Integration, and Co-Creation: A Conclusion to Developing Creative Problem Solving Skills in Higher Education
About the Contributors

Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Chunfang Zhou, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in Department of Learning and Philosophy at Aalborg University, Denmark. Chunfang finished her Bachelor study (majoring in Industrial Automation and Information Science) and Master study (majoring in Philosophy of Science and Technology) in China. In 2012, she finished Ph.D. study on ‘Group Creativity Development in Engineering Education in Problem and Project-Based Learning (PBL) Environment in Denmark’. Since 2004, Chunfang has located her research in the area of Science, Technology and Society (STS), with a particular focus on creativity study and its relations to STEM education, group learning, organizational innovation, Problem-Based Learning (PBL), engineering and technology design, and Information Communication Technology (ICT). In 2007, her master thesis “Core Competence Development in Science and Technology Groups in Universities in Liaoning Province” was awarded as the “Best Master Thesis” by Northeastern University (NEU), China. In 2009, her published journal article “Research on the Research Group’s Structure and Creative Climate of Universities in Liaoning Province, China” won the “Annual Article Award” of Japan Creativity. In 2013, she was funded an individual research project ‘Fostering Creativity in Higher Education: A Comparative Study on Pedagogical Strategies of Learning by Projects between Denmark and China’, by Danish Research Council that leads her to recent contributions to cross-cultural studies on creativity in learning contexts.