Out-of-the-Bucket Thinking Among Students with Heterogeneous Background While Solving Creative Problem by Using Combinatorial Tool

  • Avinash Shende
  • Amarendra Kumar Das
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 135)


Master of design students at IIT Guwahati come from four different backgrounds—these are technical background, architecture background, fine arts background and design and fashion design background. The students were given a problem of technical in nature to be solved without any external support. The same set of students was given same problem to be solved introducing a combinatorial tool (designed based on visual stimuli and forced fitting). The introduction of combinatorial tool at the early stage of problem-solving process changed the approach from linear to nonlinear thinking, which affects the overall outcome of the creative problem-solving task. The paper will discuss the observations made on the results of both the tests and tried to establish the comparative statement between the results.


Heterogeneous background students Problem solving Assessing creativity 



This research was conducted in the Department of Design, IIT Guwahati. We are grateful to the master of design students who acted as participants and to colleagues who assessed the qualities of the outcome of research tests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DesignIndian Institute of Technology GuwahatiGuwahatiIndia

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