Authors: Ellen Domb, Joe Miller ans Ralph Czerepinski
Learning TRIZ is a function, and the student and teacher are a “technical system” that can be analyzed using TRIZ, and improved by applying the analysis. Extensive research on education (reported at TRIZCON2009) has been applied to TRIZ, to develop training mechanisms that are appropriate for the specific concepts, and adaptable to the students’ learning styles. One universal finding, for all the teaching mechanisms, is that learning takes place when the student applies the new concept to his own situation, but that many students never make that step because of fear—the consequences of being wrong outweigh the benefits of learning. Applying the TRIZ principles of using existing resources and of adding an intermediary , community resources such as museums and amusement parks can become an important part of the learning method, giving the student a safe environment, with easily understood technologies, to practice the application of classroom learning and prepare for on-the-job application. The method will be demonstrated with case study examples.
Ellen Domb, Ph.D., is the founding editor of The TRIZ Journal, http://www.triz-journal.com, and the principal TRIZ consultant for the PQR Group in Upland, CA, USA. TRIZ is Dr. Domb’s 6th career: she has been a physics professor, an aerospace engineer, an engineering manager, a product line general manager, and a strategic planning/quality improvement consultant. She was a featured speaker this year at the IberoAmerican Innovation Congress in Chile and the Systematic Innovation Conference in Taiwan.