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ERIC Number: EJ1155415
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Engineering Habits of Mind… for Better or Worse?
Hodgson, Dan; Cloran, Peter; Johnson, Rory
Primary Science, n145 spec iss p16-17 Win 2016-2017
Engineering Habits of Mind (EHoMs) were first introduced to a target group of Year 9 (age 14) students who the authors felt were disengaged with science, technology, and computing. These students were invited to take part in an engineering challenge with a school in Qatar. This involved making a bridge and rolling a marble over the bridge. The students responded very positively to the competitive element of the task and it was soon evident that the challenge started to draw out the traits of EHoM. All groups were testing, then adapting and improving, what they had done with some very creative problem-solving. Building on the successes of the "Quatar Bridge Challenge," the authors wanted to take the project further and consider if they could develop a better relationship with the parents of the participating students to show the value that EHoMS could have in their future. The authors describe in this article how this was accomplished. The ultimate goal was to introduce the EHoMs to other departments for a whole-school approach. The benefits are not limited to just STEM subjects…every pupil has the potential to benefit from learning to think differently.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Qatar
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