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ERIC Number: EJ1005688
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 23
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1064
Engineering Design Thinking
Lammi, Matthew; Becker, Kurt
Journal of Technology Education, v24 n2 p55-77 Spr 2013
Engineering design thinking is "a complex cognitive process" including divergence-convergence, a systems perspective, ambiguity, and collaboration (Dym, Agogino, Eris, Frey, & Leifer, 2005, p. 104). Design is often complex, involving multiple levels of interacting components within a system that may be nested within or connected to other systems. Systems thinking is an essential facet of engineering design cognition. Although systems thinking has not previously played a prominent role in engineering education research, it is becoming recognized as an important engineering trait. Due to the nascency of systems thinking research in engineering education, there are few studies that have investigated systems thinking and its impact on engineering design, particularly with K-12 students. As a result, how high school students employ systems thinking processes and strategies is not adequately understood or identified. This research examined high school students' systems cognitive issues, processes, and themes while they engaged in a collaborative engineering design challenge. The findings from this study demonstrated that high school students are capable of systems thinking in an engineering design challenge. (Contains 5 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools
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Language: English
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