These factors account for approximately 42% of the variance in the data. The 3 factors along with items contributing to each factor are:
- Factor 1 – Engineering Creativity (accounting for approximately 18% of variance)
- I consider myself the type of person who will make novel contributions to the field of engineering.
- I often find myself deep in thought about an idea that one of my professors brought up in class.
- I look forward to the opportunity to apply engineering concepts in novel ways to solve problems.
- I often think about how common engineering problems could be solved using more sustainable methods.
- I can’t wait to apply new concepts after learning about them in class.
- Factor 2 – Creativity in problem solving (accounting for approximately 14% of variance)
- I am often very creative when solving problems.
- I naturally approach problems by trying to think “outside of the box”
- When working with a group, I often have ideas that the group chooses to adopt.
- Factor 3 – Stress when Creativity required (accounting for approximately 10% of variance)
- I prefer assignments that are given with clear instructions for completion rather than those in which I am free to decide how to complete them
- I often get frustrated when trying to solve an ill-defined problem
- I get anxious when confronted with an assignment that I don’t feel prepared to complete.
We hope to continue refining the scale for future utility in assessing engineering creativity.
For more information about our assessment for Creative Self-Efficacy in Engineering, contact Susan Amato (firstname.lastname@example.org).