A study of creative Taiwanese university students in industrial design
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University professors in industrial design programs have been trained as designers, and have not been trained to teach highly creative students. In addition, instructors of industrial design have not been trained to recognize students’ strengths and individual needs. If industrial design programs are to be successful, educators need to better understand the creative characteristics of industrial design students and their perceptions of what contributes to classrooms that enhance creativity. To address this problem, this research study examined the following questions: (1) How do students in an industrial design program identify their creative characteristics? (2) What are the perceptions of students in an industrial design program regarding creativity and successful creative individuals? (3) What are the perceptions of students in an industrial design program regarding learning environments that enhance their creativity? This study examined the perceptions of four university students in an industrial design program in Taiwan. Through semi-structured interviews, classroom observations, and document review, the researcher attempted to describe the cultural reality of highly creative industrial design majors.|This study revealed specific creative characteristics of the four students. Their perceptions of creativity and successful creative individuals incorporated both Western and Eastern views of creativity. In addition, open, psychologically safe and supportive classroom climates were highly valued as effective environments to enhance creativity. Furthermore, the participants’ highlighted a variety of suggestions for college professors to design learning environments and instructional approaches that enhance students’ creativity in university classrooms.