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Creativity Training for Engineers Its Past, Present, and Future

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The significant fact about creativity training for engineers in the past is that it was retarded by the widely held concept that creative aptitude could only be born, not developed. This attitude was largely dispelled by Osborn's intensive campaign to promote "Brainstorming," his recommended technique for developing creativity. The significant thing about creativity training at present is that our understanding of the mental processes involved is developing rapidly with the current advances in computers, psychology, and bionics. This will provide solid foundation for developing effective curricula in creativity training. In the future technological advances will become more and more complex, and more and more scientifically sophisticated. To cope with this, it will not be enough to train engineers in the whole mental process of creativity. It will also be necessary to train specialists in each stage of that mental process, conceptual design, feasibility study, system design and development, subsystem development, etc. This paper develops the above points in detail and concludes with the framework for a suggested on-the-job creativity training program.

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Education, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:E-7 ,  Issue: 4 )