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Abstract Title: Assessing Creativity and Innovation in Physics Students
Abstract: Creative thought and the ability to innovate are critical skills in industrial and academic careers alike.  There exist attempts to foster creative skills in the business world, but little such work has been documented in a physics context.  In particular, there are few tools available for those that want to assess the creativity of their physics students, making it difficult to tell whether instruction is having any effect.  In this poster we outline a new course in the Colorado School of Mines physics department designed to develop creativity and innovation in physics majors.  We present our efforts to assess this course formatively using tablet PCs and InkSurvey software, and summatively using the discipline-independent Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking.  We also describe early work towards developing a physics-specific instrument.
Abstract Type: Gallery Session Poster
Poster Gallery Session: Moving Beyond Conceptual Inventories

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Patrick B. Kohl
Colorado School of Mines
and Co-Presenter(s)
H. Vincent Kuo, Colorado School of Mines
Susan Kowalski, Colorado School of Mines
Frank Kowalski, Colorado School of Mines