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A curriculum for developing creative thinking skills in engineering students


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Lawrence, Norman,1948- 1993 , 'A curriculum for developing creative thinking skills in engineering students', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The Institution of Engineers, Australia produced a
report in 1993, which contained a set of National
Competency Standards designed to act as a benchmark for
identifying the overall balance of knowledge, skills,
judgement, ethical standards and experience required by
Professional Engineers. In that report it was
recommended that engineers should undertake professional
development in lateral analysis and creative thinking
This dissertation examines the main themes in the
creative thinking literature with a particular interest
in the information relating to left and right brain
thinking skills and how mental blocks can inhibit
creative thinking from occurring. Visual thinking skills
are examined.
The dissertation outlines the development of a curriculum
to introduce first year undergraduate engineering
students to a variety of creative thinking skills. A
representative set of teaching material is presented for
each of the six topics contained in the curriculum.
The curriculum has been designed to provide students with
a set of learning experiences that will help them to
personalise the knowledge.
The curriculum has not yet been presented to students but
it has been very favourably commented on by the nine
professional colleagues from the field of education who
evaluated the curriculum. Recommendations are presented
for initially implementing the curriculum with a group of
volunteer students. This would be a valuable part in
the process of formative evaluation of the curriculum and
be a help in improving the fidelity between the written
and taught curriculum.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Lawrence, Norman,1948-
Keywords: Engineering, Creative thinking, Engineering students
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"November 1993". Thesis (M.Ed.) -- University of Tasmania, Faculty of Education, 1993. Includes bibliographical references

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