A Meta-Analysis Study on the Effectiveness of Creativity Approaches in Technology and Engineering Education

Ruhizan M. Yasin, Nor Shairah Yunus


There are numerous approaches aimed at developing creative capacities which have been proposed. These have been implemented in various fields including science, business, nursing, technology as well as engineering. This study used a quantitative method of meta-analysis to synthesize the effect of several approaches to creativity, specifically in the field of technology and engineering across educational levels. Several databases such as EBSCOhost, ProQuest, Taylor & Francis, SpringerLink, IEEE Electronic Library, Eric, and Google Scholar were searched for articles on studies about the effectiveness of approaches to creativity or issues related to the topic within a 2000-2012 timeframe. Based on 16 articles adopted, it was found that the grand mean effect size for creativity approaches is 1.02 with a standard deviation of 0.72. This study also identified seven approaches and twelve different instruments used to enhance and measure creativity in terms of product and individual creativity. The findings showed that the implemented creativity approaches have a positive effect on students’ creativity development. As such, it is recommended that further empirical research on the effect of creativity approaches be conducted, specifically in technology and engineering fields, to support these findings.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5539/ass.v10n3p242

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