Creativity is an essential trait for engineering students to be innovative and successful in current and future global economy. Thus, it is important for their creative potential to be nurtured. Since digital storytelling has been portrayed by previous studies as being influential in enhancing creativity, the purpose of this study is to explore the creative processes of two engineering students in their development of digital stories in the English reading class. Both of them were chosen based on their reading performance in an English reading placement test. One of them was considered an expert reader, while the other a novice reader. The duration for the digital storytelling project was three weeks. The study employed a case study research method. Data sources included observational field notes, student reflective journals, interview transcripts and digital stories. The findings of this study showed that both students exhibited the preparation, incubation, illumination and verification steps of the creative process as proposed by Wallas (1926). However, it was found that the expert reader prepared extensively, wanted to be different from the other students, and was more self-critical of and not easily satisfied with his work. The novice reader, on the other hand, completed his work through trial and error, did not worry much of the project and was generally satisfied with his work.
Rofiza Aboo Bakar, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
Hairul Nizam Ismail, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
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