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Exploring the inventive mindset of Singapore students
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Muhammad Raufie bin Shafie, & Subramaniam, R. (2004). Exploring the inventive mindset of Singapore students. In L. C. Chew (Ed.), Innovation & enterprise: Education for the new economy: Proceedings for the ERAS Conference (pp. 577-600). Singapore: Educational Research Association.
In a bid to explore the inventive mindset of Singapore students, a toy invention
competition was organized to attract budding inventors from amongst the student
population. Participants were required to build a prototype based on physics principles so
that it could reveal certain aspects of their inventive capabilities. Three evaluation
instruments were specially designed to provide data for analyses. The key findings of this
exploratory study are that a) students are motivated by intrinsic rewards when entering
invention competitions, b) the educational environment is becoming more conducive for
inventors, c) female students are just as interested in invention competitions as male
students, d) students are not interested in becoming full-time inventors but are willing to
take it up as a hobby, e) students from the express stream are more predisposed ,towards
inventing than those from the normal stream. In terms of level of creativity of the entries, it
appears that there is still some way to go even though some of the entries are of a high
This paper was published in the Proceedings of ERAS Conference held in Singapore from 24-26 November 2004
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