This study aims to understand the effect of the Design-by-Analogy (DbA) WordTree method, proposed by Linsey (2007), on the individual’s development of creativity. The method was introduced to two training workshops using near-sources and to two others using far-sources. The Creativity Assessment Packet (CAP) and the Kaufman Domains of Creativity Scale (K-DOCS) were used in the pre-test and the post-test for the participants, who were 100 students of a university. The progress of each participant’s creativity was examined. Results reveal that the participants’ domain-general creativity and domain-specific creativity both largely rose after taking the whole training workshops. The ideas generated in the workshops also show that the far source and the near-source are equivalent in enhancing idea generation by analogy. Future studies should conduct controlled experiments to compare the method with others.
Hung-Hsiang Wang, National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan
Stream: Professional Training
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