Journal of Advances in Humanities and Social Sciences
Journal ISSN: 2414-3111
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Received: 18 April 2016
Accepted: 15 August 2017
Published: 9 October 2017
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  • A review of TRIZ and its benefits & challenges in stimulating creativity in problem solving of pre-university students: A TARUC case study

Chee Sheng Keong, Mum Wai Yip, Nikalus Shu Luing Swee, Guat Guan Toh, See Chew Tai

Published online: 2017


Creativity is the ability of solving problem. Problem solving is an important skill students must learn in order to cope with the demand of the 21st century which saw unprecedented growth in technology. Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ), which emerged from Russia in the 1960s, has been introduced to Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TARUC) since 2011 to train undergraduate and pre-university students in problem solving. There are many TRIZ literatures on how TRIZ provides support to undergraduate students especially in the area of Mechanical Engineering. However, this paper takes a step away from conventional TRIZ literature, by exploring the benefits and challenges of teaching TRIZ to pre-university students. The study serves as a preliminary study of the TRIZ program and using both quantitative and qualitative methods on 28 students to gauge the effectiveness of TRIZ tools in supporting problem finding and idea finding in solving complex ill-structured problems. Descriptive analysis shows the improvement in efficacy in problem finding, idea finding and overall problem solving after TRIZ program. The benefits of each TRIZ tool in problem finding and idea finding were uncovered through open-ended survey. Students also reported the benefits and challenges of learning TRIZ. This paper may potentially useful for TRIZ instructors on how to effectively teach TRIZ to pre-university students.