Type of Document Dissertation Author Michael, Kurt Y. URN etd-05222000-16210003 Title Comparison of Students' Product Creativity Using a Computer Simulation Activity versus a Hands-on Activity in Technology Education Degree PhD Department Teaching and Learning Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Bame, E. Allen Committee Chair Abraham, Jane L. Committee Member Brusic, Sharon A. Committee Member Hirsh, Richard F. Committee Member LaPorte, James E. Committee Member Keywords
- creative product
- technology education
- computer simulation
Date of Defense 2000-05-10 Availability unrestricted AbstractThe purpose of this study was to compare the effect of a computer simulation activity versus a hands-on activity on students' product creativity, originality, and usefulness. Fifty-eight middle school technology education students from Northern Virginia participated in the study. Subjects were randomly assigned to either a computer simulation or hands-on treatment group. The computer simulation group used a Lego-type brick simulator to construct creative products on the computer; whereas, the hands-on treatment group used real LEGO® bricks to construct their creative products. The hands-on groups' products were collected by the researcher and copied into the computer simulation program. Both groups' products were printed using a color printer. The printed products were evaluated by expert judges using a creative product semantic differential scale.
This study showed that there was no significant difference in product creativity scores among the computer simulation and the hands-on treatment group. The null hypothesis was accepted. Findings suggested that it was possible to use a computer simulation activity in place of a hands-on activity and still maintain product creativity, originality, and usefulness.
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