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ERIC Number: ED452027
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
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Educating for Creative Thinking in Engineering.
Pujol, Alfonso
The present rush to liberalize the economy in most countries, is for some people a matter of principles and, for others, the hard cost of getting rid by "elimination" of the vices derived from statism and protectionism. In many countries, that kind of economic structure had crystallized their productive systems as a consequence of restrictions imposed on individual and group initiative, and made it difficult to keep pace with the rest of the world. Particularly in societies on their way to development, an always increasing number of individuals had found it easier to fulfill their ambitions by viciously taking advantage of the condescend complicity of their fellow citizens. The problem is that it is easier to get rid of economical systems than to change behavioral patterns. In the field of technical education, that slackened behavior makes goals almost unattainable. Creative thinking, prime mover of technical innovation and scientific and technological research, has been one of the principal casualties of that behavior. The article recalls some well-known educational principles and teaching practices, in order to help delineate policies and the strategic management of technical education. Even if they may seem obvious by themselves for an observer of an already well organized society it is not such a simple matter for somebody from an "emerging" nation. It will be a good contribution if the article is of some help to the work of deciding which principles and practices should be sustained without concessions and which others may be relaxed in favor of other needs. (Author)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Argentina