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Implementation of Concrete to Abstract Teaching in an Engineering Design Module

Implementation of Concrete to Abstract Teaching in an Engineering Design Module

Year: 2014

Section: Design Education

Editor: Edwin Koh, Victor Shim, Tan Woei Wan, Ian Gibson, Andi S. Putra

Author: Andi Sudjana Putra [1], Yongfeng Li [2]

Institution: [1] National University of Singapore, Singapore, [2] Hill-Rom Services Pte Ltd, Singapore

Section: Design Education

Pages: 062-066

DOI: 10.3850/978-981-09-1348-9_045

ISBN: 978-981-09-1348-9

Abstract

Engineering undergraduate education since World War II has been based on an engineering science model, where a solid foundation of mathematics and science (i.e., abstract) are taught first for about half of the curriculum, and then only followed by engineering (i.e., concrete) in the remaining half of the curriculum. This approach has manifested into well-established curricula in engineering education institutions around the globe. In this paper, we introduce an application of the reversal, concrete-to-abstract teaching, in an engineering design module. One of the aims of this approach is to strengthen student’s comprehension of the engineering principle.

Keywords: Design Education

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International Conference on Advanced Design Research and Education 2014 (ICADRE14)he International Conference on Advanced Design Research and Education (ICADRE) aims to promote the understanding, use, and education of engineering design in Singapore and the Asia Pacific region. The objectives of this conference are to advance research in design, to share practices of design education, and to discuss how the output of design research can be adopted into design education. We invite high-quality submissions covering original and previously unpublished work for this conference....

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