Title: A method to promote innovation by university students

Authors: Fernando Moliní; Diego Barrado-Timón; José A. Rodríguez-Esteban

Addresses: Department of Geography, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Autonomous University of Madrid, Campus de Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid, Spain ' Department of Geography, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Autonomous University of Madrid, Campus de Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid, Spain ' Department of Geography, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Autonomous University of Madrid, Campus de Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid, Spain

Abstract: This is a proposal to promote innovation in university students. On the one hand, the students should elaborate a paper on an innovative idea of his or her own and try to refute its originality. On the other hand, a system of 23 measures has been designed to train students in innovative thinking, to broaden their achievements, to evaluate them and to give continuity to their ideas. The application of this method to 457 students appears to have been successful. According to a survey taken by the students (47% rate of return), the method has improved their ability to think innovatively at a high or very high level (21.58%) or at a medium level (43.19%). The method is particularly suitable for nations with few resources. As far as we know, this has not been previously applied or proposed by any other authors.

Keywords: education; innovation; university; higher education; educational method; educational system; students; promote innovation; survey to students; creativity; innovate thinking; critical reasoning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIIE.2019.102619

International Journal of Innovation in Education, 2019 Vol.5 No.4, pp.304 - 322

Received: 10 Jul 2018
Accepted: 08 Feb 2019

Published online: 27 Sep 2019 *

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