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ERIC Number: ED537391
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 23
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 48
Engineering Design Thinking and Information Gathering. Final Report. Research in Engineering and Technology Education
Mentzer, Nathan
National Center for Engineering and Technology Education
The objective of this research was to explore the relationship between information access and design solution quality of high school students presented with an engineering design problem. This objective is encompassed in the research question driving this inquiry: How does information access impact the design process? This question has emerged in the context of an exploratory DR-K12 grant project titled, "Exploring Engineering Design Knowing and Thinking as an Innovation in STEM Learning." The research work presented here has expanded the data set developed in the DR-K12 and examined the larger data set with a focus on how information access impacts design thinking. The opportunity to explore the impact of information gathering was not afforded in the DR-K12, but emerged as an area of interest during the pilot phase. (Contains 4 tables.)
National Center for Engineering and Technology Education. c/o Department of Engineering Education Utah State University, 4160 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322. Tel: 435-797-0213; Fax: 435-797-2567; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: National Center for Engineering and Technology Education (NCETE)