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Can Multimedia Learning Tools Enhance Creative Thinking?

Hafizoah, Kassim and Ng, Wan and Nicholas, Howard (2010) Can Multimedia Learning Tools Enhance Creative Thinking? In: The Second Asian Conference on Education, 2-5 December 2010 , Osaka, Japan. pp. 1-11..

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The increasing demand for creativity in all domains of study has made this unique construct a surviving means for individuals (Amabile, 1998) and organizations (Dhillon, 2006) which prompts the effort to prioritize creativity development and research particularly in the educational context. Moreover, technological advancement has blessed educational practitioners with the emergence of new teaching and learning tools and approaches. Transforming static learning materials into multimedia forms is an advantage of the technology which has been proven to be effective in enhancing learners' knowledge construction and understanding (Mayer, 2009). The question is whether multimedia learning tools (MLT) could further help learners in their cognitive process and think creatively. Hence, two studies were conducted to test the impact of MLT on mechanical engineering students' creative thinking. MLT on a specific subject were designed and developed, and used by the students at an engineering-based university in Malaysia. The first experiment was a one-group pretest-posttest non-randomized design involving 27 students, and the second experiment was a quasi-experimental two-group pretest posttest non-randomized design involving 64 students. The exposure to the MLT was the treatment condition. Participants' creative thinking was measured using the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT), Verbal forms. Paired-samples t-test results of the first experiment showed significant differences in all elements of students' creative thinking. The results of the TTCT for the second experiment were analyzed using ANCOVA and simple linear regression. The ANCOVA results did not yield significant results. However, the regression analysis was able to predict that the variation in the creative thinking tests was higher when participants were exposed to the MLT. Most responses from the students' interviews also indicated that the MLT have positively influenced their creative thinking. Therefore, this study has shown that there is positive impact on mechanical engineering students' creative thinking when they are exposed to the use of MLT.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Multimedia Learning; Creative Thinking
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Faculty/Division: Centre For Modern Languages and Human Sciences
Depositing User: Dr. Hafizoah Kassim
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2014 03:14
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 06:43
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