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Creativity on the teaching agenda

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In the rapidly changing modern world there is a special need for engineers to be responsive to the differing demands of their physical, technical, social and economic environments. To do this effectively, they need to be able to think and act creatively. The typical engineering student is characteristically not particularly creative. This makes it all the more important that they are encouraged to develop whatever creative conceptual skills they have and to learn techniques that can enhance their creativity. This paper describes a start that has been made to teaching creativity to undergraduate civil engineering students using a set of examples and puzzles that are designed to highlight mental traps that we create for ourselves, and tricks to try to circumvent them.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03043790310001658523

Affiliations: Department of Civil Engineering The University of the West Indies St Augustine Trinidad & Tobago West Indies

Publication date: September 1, 2004

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