Innovation and creativity in extension projects: the role of art in UTFPR engineering courses

Adriana Santos Auzani, Levi Leonido*, Antonino Pereira, Elsa Gabriel Morgado

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Training the potentially creative engineer is a demand on the job market and a challenge for higher education institutions. From a case study and respective qualitative approach, we investigate the role of art in the creative process, in engineering courses at the Federal Technological University of Paraná (UTFPR), as a factor of technological innovation. Ten students have participated in the study (n = 5 Computer Engineering and n = 5 Mechanical Engineering); 10 teachers (n = 5 Computing and n = 5 Mechanics); Dean of UTFPR (n = 1) and entrepreneurs/employers (n = 4). In the analysis and discussion of results, based on semi-structured interviews, we have chosen Content Analysis and Moscovici's Theory of Social Representations (1978). Among the main conclusions, we highlight the valorization of creative abilities, of interpersonal/communicative relationship, fundamental competences in the formation of the engineer and that the role of art in engineering is to enhance creativity and constitute it as a factor of technological innovation. We add to the technological approach the premises and conceptual matrix related to lifelong education and social responsibility in the framework of contemporary education and the resulting sustainable development.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmart learning solutions for sustainable societies
EditorsCândida Silva, Susana Silva, Dulce Mota, Paula Peres
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9789819706617
ISBN (Print)9789819706600, 9789819706631
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2024

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Educational Technology
VolumePart F2837
ISSN (Print)2196-4963
ISSN (Electronic)2196-4971


  • Art
  • Creativity
  • Lifelong education
  • Technological innovation
  • University education


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