In contrast; this paper presents findings from a three-year intervention study. The programme investigated how 11-14 year old students can develop their creativity at the same time as learning complex 3D solid modelling computer aided design programmes through an improved pedagogy.
The study was broadly an ’action research’ programme in five phases in which the researcher was also the teacher in the secondary school in which four of the five phases were conducted. This paper provides details of the construction of a new approach to the teaching of CAD; and evidence that the novel teaching methods have improved the students’ and teachers’ confidence to take risks when using the CAD software; therefore leading to more creative and complex outcomes.
Keywords: Computer Aided Design; Creativity; Teaching; Learning