A Study of Creative Problem Solving Behavior of Design Students

By Henry Ma.

Published by The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum

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“Creativity refers to the phenomenon whereby a person creates something new that has some kind of value.” In this definition, two important conditions are identified: “new” and “value”. This implies that creatively produced items should be “novel in our knowledge” and “appropriate in our applications”. This research paper reports the findings from a design behavior study looking into the relationship of “novelty” and “appropriateness” in the design process. The paper also concludes that the students had three identifiable behavior patterns. These are discussed thoroughly with regard to the implications for design education.

Keywords: Creativity, Problem Solving, Novelty, Appropriateness

International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp.63-69. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 416.617KB).

Henry Ma

Associate Professor, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Henry Ma currently serves as Associate Dean of School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, guest professor of the Beijing Film Academy and visiting professor of the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts. In 2007, he obtained the 1st Hong Kong Digital Entertainment Industry Person of the Year Award (Digital Entertainment Education Category). With his active participation in the creative media industry, he has been involved in the design and production of stages, film and TV projects, and he is currently a Board Member of the Hong Kong ACM SIGGRAPH Professional Chapter.