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Constraints and Ambiguity: Some Design Strategies for Supporting Small-scale Creativity in the Classroom

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Developing creative abilities is an important part of 21st century skills, and yet remains challenging. In this paper we describe a study investigating small-scale creative strategies that groups of Scandinavian high school students use when collaboratively building LEGO models. We recorded thirty groups of students building three models each. We studied groups building with traditional plastic bricks and also using a digital environment. The building tasks students undertake, and our subsequent analysis, are informed by the role constraints and ambiguity play in creative processes. Based on the insights we gained, we present three strategies for designing tools and environments that support students as they develop creative skills. These strategies relate to: tools and materials, mutual learning, and reflection
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication35th Annual Conference of the European Association of Cognitive Ergonomics : Transforming the Everyday, ECCE 2017
Number of pages8
Publication year2017
ISBN (print)978-1-4503-5256-7
ISBN (Electronic)9781450352567
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventEuropean Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics - Umeå, Sweden
Duration: 19 Sept 201722 Sept 2017
Conference number: 2017


ConferenceEuropean Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics

    Research areas

  • Reflective learning, creativity, design strategies, empirical study

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