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ERIC Number: EJ891229
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0957-7572
Question-Answering-Technique to Support Freshman and Senior Engineers in Processes of Engineering Design
Winkelmann, Constance; Hacker, Winfried
International Journal of Technology and Design Education, v20 n3 p305-315 Aug 2010
In two experimental studies, the influence of question-based reflection on the quality of design solutions was investigated. Students and experts with different know-how and professional experience had to design an artefact that should meet a list of requirements. Subsequently, they were asked to answer a system of interrogative questions stimulating reflection on the solutions with the opportunity to modify or revise them. These questions cause the participants to explain, justify and evaluate their finished design and, hence, aiming at the semantic relations in systems. In all groups significant improvements of the solutions were obtained whereby the improvements of engineers with a lower work-experience (job beginners) were significantly higher as those with higher experience. The integration of a specific type of questioning behaviour in the design education is discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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