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What influences student innovation?
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Integrated Product Development.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2304-3148
2012 (English)In: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Design Education for Future Wellbeing, EPDE 2012, 2012, 167-172 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper investigates how elements of the learning environment influence student innovation. In detail, the paper addresses students' perceived efficacy and their motivation to work in two parallel engineering design projects. Rather than rediscovering evaluation, student perceptions determine a project's overall efficiency by individual reflection on the effort made. Based on previous research on student efficacy [1], this study takes a student-centric point of view where the self-efficacy is grounded in students' intrinsic motivation for work. The paper's principal idea is to investigate how different elements of interaction cause students' beliefs to shift individually and in groups. A qualitative approach has been used where the results have been collected through structured questionnaires with project participants. Results show that the internal proximity and joint motivation to work have positive influence together with lecturer/coach presence, informative clarity and valuable input. Reported differences clearly separated the teams with several useful features of course analysis to consider for future work.

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2012. 167-172 p.
Keyword [en]
Facilitation, Innovation, Learning environment, Project course, Student efficacy, Intrinsic motivation, Learning environments, Parallel engineering, Project participants, Qualitative approach, Student perceptions, Engineering research, Motivation, Product design, Surveys, Teaching, Students
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-125071ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84879654959ISBN: 978-190467036-0OAI: diva2:639409
14th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Design Education for Future Wellbeing, EPDE 2012, 6 September 2012 through 7 September 2012, Antwerp

QC 20130807

Available from: 2013-08-07 Created: 2013-08-07 Last updated: 2013-08-07Bibliographically approved

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