A cross-sectional and longitudinal examination of the development of innovation capability in undergraduate engineering students

Trina C. Kershaw, Rebecca L. Peterson, Molly A. McCarthy, Paul T. Williams, Adam P. Young, Katja Hölttä-Otto, Carolyn Conner Seepersad, Sankha Bhowmick

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Abstract

Multiple research studies have examined the role of the undergraduate engineering curriculum on students' innovation capabilities. The majority of these studies have used crosssectional samples to compare students at the beginning and end of their college careers, and most results have shown that seniors outperform freshmen. In the following paper, we use a combination of cross-sectional and longitudinal comparisons to uncover when innovation capabilities grow. Over a two-year period, undergraduate engineering majors at different points in their college careers completed concept generation tasks. Their resulting concepts were scored for originality. While no difference was found from freshman to senior year using a crosssectional comparison, a significant increase in originality was found between separate senior groups at the beginning and end of a capstone course. The difference between the senior groups occurred despite no difference between these students in academic performance or engineering design self-efficacy. In addition, a significant increase in originality was found from junior to senior year using a longitudinal analysis. This increase in originality occurred without corresponding changes in academic performance or engineering design self-efficacy. These results are discussed in relation to prior research regarding the interplay between curricular and individual difference factors in the development of students' innovation capabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication17th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 12th International Conference on Design Education; 8th Frontiers in Biomedical Devices
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Volume3
ISBN (Electronic)9780791857106
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference - Boston, United States
Duration: 2 Aug 20155 Aug 2015

Conference

ConferenceASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
Abbreviated titleIDETC/CIE
CountryUnited States
CityBoston
Period02/08/201505/08/2015

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