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Interdisciplinary critical and design thinking

Veronika Šuligoj and Roman Žavbi and Stanislav Avsec (2020) Interdisciplinary critical and design thinking. International journal of engineering education, 36 (1A). pp. 84-95. ISSN 0949-149X

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    Abstract

    Despite the importance of design thinking, there has been little research on interdisciplinary augmentation and the cleararticulation of cognitive domain effects is still missing. The present study explores students’ perceptions of and experiencesin critical thinking and students’ creative design ability in different study disciplines and explores correlations betweenstudents’ attitudes and beliefs towards critical thinking and their design thinking ability. A sample of 268 students aged 21–23 years was collected. The students’ majors include preservice technology and engineering teachers’ education, chemicalengineering, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical engineering. For all subjects, critical thinking and designthinking are considered important interdisciplinary capabilities. Our findings suggest that the students’ critical thinkingmight markedly affect their creative design ability. The ways in which each discipline is taught can be transferred acrossdifferent knowledge and skill domains. We found that the most creative designers are mechanical engineering students,especially in terms of the originality and usefulness of design, while their divergent thinking ability might be improved withmethods used in technology and engineering teacher education. Electrical and computer engineering students can benefitwhen interdisciplinary methods for improving understanding are applied as evidenced by the chemical and mechanicalengineering curriculum. We also suggest that female students, who dominate in divergent thinking and critical thinking,might improve team learning and decision-making where transferable skills can be enhanced along with pedagogicalcontent knowledge. These findings have implications for interdisciplinary innovation learning and creative designassessment

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: thinking, student
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    https://www.ijee.ie/latestissues/Vol36-1A/07_ijee3858.pdfAlternative location
    https://plus.si.cobiss.net/opac7/bib/12778825Alternative location
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 6159
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2020 07:52
    Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 07:52
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/6159

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