Thinking style diversity and collaborative design learning

Antonio Volpentesta, Salvatore Ammirato, Francesco Sofo

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The paper explores the impact of structured learning experiences that were designed to challenge students’ ways of thinking and promote creativity. The aim was to develop the ability of students, coming from different engineering disciplines and characterized by particular thinking style profiles, to collaboratively work on a project-based learning experience in an educational environment. Three project-based learning experiences were structured using critical thinking methods to stimulate creativity. Pre and post-survey data using a specially modified thinking style inventory for 202 design students indicated a thinking style profile of preferences with a focus on exploring and questioning. Statistically significant results showed students successfully developed empathy and openness to multiple perspectives
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLeveraging Knowledge for innovation in Collaborative networks
EditorsL Camarinha-Matos, I Paraskakis, H Afsarmanesh
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783642045684
ISBN (Print)9783642045677
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventPRO-VE 2009 10th IFIP Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises - Thessaloniki, Greece
Duration: 7 Oct 20099 Oct 2009


ConferencePRO-VE 2009 10th IFIP Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises


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