Fostering innovative skills within the classroom: A qualitative analysis from interviews with 60 innovators

Laura Atkins, Julian Ernesto Martinez-Moreno, Lalit Patil, Kimber J. Andrews, Maryalice S. Wu, Debasish Dutta, Barbara Hug, Liora Bresler

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Fostering Innovative Skills within the Classroom: A Qualitative Analysis from Interviews with 60 Innovators. The Educate to Innovate project was initiated to better understand the innovation process so thatK-12 schools, colleges and universities, businesses, and policymakers can better promote innovation throughout the educational, entrepreneurial, and industrial ecosystems in the U.S. The Educate to Innovate project began with semi-structured, open-ended interviews with 60successful U.S. innovators. Digital recordings of the interviews were transcribed and analyzed qualitatively to identify attributes common to several innovators. This paper presents a qualitative analysis of six major themes that relate to classroom-level strategies for fostering innovation: 1) Exposure to Compelling Challenges and Real-world Problems, 2)Experiential/Hands-on Learning, 3) Changing Students Expectations about Failure, 4)Collaborative Learning, 5) Teaching Students how to Implement Ideas, and 6) Teaching Cases of Innovation. Implications of these classroom-level strategies for fostering innovator skills are discussed, including risk-taking, identifying “good” ideas, the ability to see the “big picture”, flexibility in one’s ideas, communication skills, and managing time and resources well.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication122nd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Making Value for Society
PublisherAmerican Society for Engineering Education
ISBN (Print)9780692501801
StatePublished - 2015
Event2015 122nd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Seattle, United States
Duration: Jun 14 2015Jun 17 2015

Publication series

NameASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2153-5965


Other2015 122nd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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