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ERIC Number: EJ1034626
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1064
Team Based Engineering Design Thinking
Mentzer, Nathan
Journal of Technology Education, v25 n2 p52-72 Spr 2014
The objective of this research was to explore design thinking among teams of high school students. This objective was encompassed in the research question driving the inquiry: How do teams of high school students allocate time across stages of design? Design thinking on the professional level typically occurs in a team environment. Many individuals contribute in a variety of ways to facilitate the successful development of a solution to a problem. Teachers often require students to work in teams, but little is known about how the team functions in the context of design and the potential interaction between team performance and authentic design challenges. Few research results are available to guide high school teachers in developing successful design teams and how to encourage teams in their efforts. This study provided seventeen teams, each comprised of 2-4 high school students, with a team based engineering design challenge. Observational protocol analysis was conducted based on a foundation of previous work, including the adoption of previous coding schemes. Differences between groups and individuals were compared. Teams of students were split in two groups; one set of teams received a playground design problem while the other received a hallway design problem. Teams worked up to two hours after school on the design problems and provided the recommendations resulting from their work at the conclusion of the session.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Grant or Contract Numbers: 0426421