Problem solving and creativity for undergraduate engineers: process or product?

Jonathan P Adams, Scott J Turner

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Abstract

Many researchers have written about the importance and complexities of developing problem solving skills and encouraging creative thinking and activity in engineering students. Whilst research suggests that established Problem Based Learning techniques are a suitable way for developing these skills it also acknowledges continued deficiencies in encouraging process skills as opposed to products or outcomes. This paper provides highlights of this previous work, and presents findings of action research in order to develop a module to improve and encourage process skills in engineering undergraduates. Lego Mindstorm robots have been used in the module to provide suitable practical activities and to stimulate student motivation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEE2008 - the International Conference on Innovation, Good Practice and Research in Engineering Education Conference Proceedings
Place of PublicationLoughborough
PublisherHigher Education Academy
ISBN (Print)9781904804659
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008
EventInternational Conference on Innovation, Good Practice and Research in Engineering Education (EE2008) - Loughborough, United Kingdom
Duration: 14 Jul 200816 Jul 2008

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Innovation, Good Practice and Research in Engineering Education (EE2008)
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLoughborough
Period14/07/0816/07/08

Keywords

  • Engineering education
  • creativity
  • learning objects
  • problem solving

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