The Ability to Problem Spot: A Comparison of British and American Students Ability to Identify Opportunities for Innovation

ID: 50910 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Geoff Wright, Brigham Young University College of Engineering, United States

Monday, March 6 4:35-4:55 PM

Presider:
Adolfo Prieto, California State University, Fullerton, United States

An essential component of innovation is problem-spotting (problem finding). This study used the ITI (Innovation Test Instrument) to compare the problem-spotting ability of British and American students (ages 11 - 13). The test was administered using a pre post model after teaching the students about the five key components of innovation as defined by USERS (Understanding, Shaping, Exploring, Refining, and Sharing). Problem-spotting is the primary skill taught during the Understanding phase of USERS. The findings reveal that both groups increased in their ability to spot problems (identify opportunities for innovation) when compared with control participants having the same age and demographics.

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