Motivation for creativity in architectural design and engineering design students: Implications for design education

Hernan Casakin, Shulamith Kreitler

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Abstract

The investigation reported here dealt with the study of motivation for creativity. The goals were to assess motivation for creativity in architectural design and engineering design students based on the Cognitive Orientation theory which defines motivation as a function of a set of belief types, themes, and groupings identified as relevant for the development of creativity. Differences between the two groups of students were expected in some of the scores of the belief types, themes, and groupings. Participants were 112 students (52 from architecture, and 60 from engineering) who were administered the questionnaire of the Cognitive Orientation of Creativity. Significant differences in numerous motivational contents were observed between the groups of students. Major characteristics of the architectural design students were an emphasis on the inner world, inner-directedness, and a development of the self, and of the engineering design students being receptive to the environment, and demanding from oneself despite potential difficulties. The findings provide insights for intervention programs targeted at improving architectural and engineering design education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)477-493
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Technology and Design Education
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2010

Keywords

  • Architecture
  • Cognitive orientation
  • Creativity
  • Design education
  • Engineering
  • Motivation

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