Collaborative Design Learning and Thinking Style Awareness

Antonio Volpentesta, Francesco Sofo

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    12 Citations (Scopus)
    3 Downloads (Pure)

    Abstract

    This paper reports on a concerted attempt to develop the design ability and creativity of students from different engineering disciplines through a Project-Based Learning (PBL) approach in a collaborative educational environment. A heavy reliance was placed on teaching the students six styles of thinking, especially in the beginning and final phases of project design. Different collaborative learning experiences in product design were conducted, which required students to practise six styles of thinking. Using a thinking style inventory, pre- and post-survey, data were collected and successively analysed through ANOVA techniques. Statistically significant results showed that students successfully developed empathy and an openness to multiple perspectives. Furthermore, data analysis confirmed that the proposed collaborative learning experience positively contributed to increased awareness in students' thinking styles
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)948-958
    Number of pages11
    JournalThe International Journal of Engineering Education
    Volume28
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

    Fingerprint

    Students
    learning
    student
    product design
    Analysis of variance (ANOVA)
    Product design
    empathy
    creativity
    Teaching
    experience
    data analysis
    engineering
    ability

    Cite this

    Volpentesta, Antonio ; Sofo, Francesco. / Collaborative Design Learning and Thinking Style Awareness. In: The International Journal of Engineering Education. 2012 ; Vol. 28, No. 4. pp. 948-958.
    @article{0fff8131d9d9410bb68101470a341092,
    title = "Collaborative Design Learning and Thinking Style Awareness",
    abstract = "This paper reports on a concerted attempt to develop the design ability and creativity of students from different engineering disciplines through a Project-Based Learning (PBL) approach in a collaborative educational environment. A heavy reliance was placed on teaching the students six styles of thinking, especially in the beginning and final phases of project design. Different collaborative learning experiences in product design were conducted, which required students to practise six styles of thinking. Using a thinking style inventory, pre- and post-survey, data were collected and successively analysed through ANOVA techniques. Statistically significant results showed that students successfully developed empathy and an openness to multiple perspectives. Furthermore, data analysis confirmed that the proposed collaborative learning experience positively contributed to increased awareness in students' thinking styles",
    author = "Antonio Volpentesta and Francesco Sofo",
    year = "2012",
    language = "English",
    volume = "28",
    pages = "948--958",
    journal = "The International Journal of Engineering Education",
    issn = "0949-149X",
    publisher = "Tempus Publications",
    number = "4",

    }

    Collaborative Design Learning and Thinking Style Awareness. / Volpentesta, Antonio; Sofo, Francesco.

    In: The International Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 28, No. 4, 2012, p. 948-958.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    TY - JOUR

    T1 - Collaborative Design Learning and Thinking Style Awareness

    AU - Volpentesta, Antonio

    AU - Sofo, Francesco

    PY - 2012

    Y1 - 2012

    N2 - This paper reports on a concerted attempt to develop the design ability and creativity of students from different engineering disciplines through a Project-Based Learning (PBL) approach in a collaborative educational environment. A heavy reliance was placed on teaching the students six styles of thinking, especially in the beginning and final phases of project design. Different collaborative learning experiences in product design were conducted, which required students to practise six styles of thinking. Using a thinking style inventory, pre- and post-survey, data were collected and successively analysed through ANOVA techniques. Statistically significant results showed that students successfully developed empathy and an openness to multiple perspectives. Furthermore, data analysis confirmed that the proposed collaborative learning experience positively contributed to increased awareness in students' thinking styles

    AB - This paper reports on a concerted attempt to develop the design ability and creativity of students from different engineering disciplines through a Project-Based Learning (PBL) approach in a collaborative educational environment. A heavy reliance was placed on teaching the students six styles of thinking, especially in the beginning and final phases of project design. Different collaborative learning experiences in product design were conducted, which required students to practise six styles of thinking. Using a thinking style inventory, pre- and post-survey, data were collected and successively analysed through ANOVA techniques. Statistically significant results showed that students successfully developed empathy and an openness to multiple perspectives. Furthermore, data analysis confirmed that the proposed collaborative learning experience positively contributed to increased awareness in students' thinking styles

    M3 - Article

    VL - 28

    SP - 948

    EP - 958

    JO - The International Journal of Engineering Education

    JF - The International Journal of Engineering Education

    SN - 0949-149X

    IS - 4

    ER -