TRIZ in Technology Education: Perceptions of Future Teachers
The support TRIZ provides for creativity during the invention process makes it ideally suited for the field of Technology Education. Technology education provides instruction in the content areas of manufacturing, communication, transportation and construction. As creativity has long been an important part of the technology education curriculum in middle schools and high schools, a study of the perceptions of TRIZ by future technology education teachers was seen to be a first step toward the introduction of TRIZ into the curriculum. A group of masters-level and doctoral-level students in Technology Education students at North Carolina State University received a TRIZ workshop which included training on the methodology as well as time to use the techniques to solve problems particular to technology education. This article reports the perceptions of future technology education teachers about TRIZ and its potential use in the classroom.