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

By Jonathan P Adams and Scott J Turner


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 andencourage process skills in engineering undergraduates. Lego Mindstorm robots have been used in the module to provide suitable practical activities and to stimulate student motivatio

Topics: TA65.3, QA76.6, TJ210.2
Publisher: Higher Education Academy
Year: 2008
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