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|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0643-0
ISBN13: 9781522506430|ISBN10: 1522506438|EISBN13: 9781522506447


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

Reviews and Testimonials

Scholars of engineering, business, art, medicine, and other fields explore methods and technologies for teaching creative problem solving in higher education. They discuss the context of higher education and the significance, difficulties, and strategies in developing students' creative problem-solving skills. The topics include thinking inside the box: educating leaders to manage constraints, distributed problem solving: how artists' participatory strategies can inspire creativity in higher education, students' learning experience in project-based learning, and a new paradigm of creativity: from Newtonian mechanics to quantum mechanics and higher education.

– Protoview Reviews

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Chunfang Zhou, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Department of Planning, Aalborg University (AAU), Denmark. Chunfang has an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural educational background; she finished bachelor degree (Industry Automation and Information Engineering) and master degree (Philosophy of Science and Technology) in China; since 2008, Chunfang has worked in Denmark started by a Ph.D. project on Engineering Creativity in Problem and Project-Based Learning (PBL) at UNESCO Center of PBL at AAU. Chunfang locates her research in area of Science, Technology and Society (STS), with a particular focus on creativity and its relations to innovation process, with interests in diverse domains including digitalization, human-centered design, sustainability, group collaboration, knowledge management, Problem-Based Learning (PBL) and STEM education. Recently, she has done cross-cultural contributions to creativity research , especially by her Individual Independent Research Project Fostering Creativity in Higher Education: A Comparative Study on Pedagogical Strategies of Learning by Projects between Denmark and China, funded by Danish Research Council (2013-2016). Currently she is coordinating Designing, Participation and Facilitation of Problem and Project-Based Learning (PBL) between Northeastern University (NEU), China and AAU, Denmark; she is leading Creativity in Technology Design: Developing a Sino-Danish Research Network for Future Digital Societies, funded by Danish Research Council (2019-2020). Chunfang has authored or co-authored over 80 peer-review publications. Chunfang is member of research group Techno-Anthropology and Participation, member of Danish Center for Health Informatics, member of Chinese Creativity Research Network, and board member of Danish Development Research Network (DDRN).