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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
  • creative product
  • creativity
  • technology education
  • computer simulation
Date of Defense 2000-05-10
Availability unrestricted
The 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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