Monday, 10 July 2017

Focus on Engineering "Habits of Mind" to Produce more Engineers

A recent study from the Royal Society of Engineers with TES has found that a less discipline bound method of teaching could be essential for equipping students with the skills necessary to succeed in engineering. Engineering makes up 20% of the UK’s gross value and is currently facing a massive skill drain, with not enough students going on to study at a higher level.

The study found that rather than the traditional model of focusing on STEM subjects: science, technology, English, and maths, to encourage budding engineers, a different model, STEAM which includes a focus on art and design subjects is needed as well.

It identifies that the way to develop the “habits of mind” which are needed by engineers, and include problem solving, visualising, and adapting, is to move away from strict disciplinary style teaching and instead use exercises involving playful experimenting and engagement with engineers.

This is a summary of an article from tes. The full article can be found HERE:

This post was compiled on behalf of Weald Technology by Sophie Lane, July 2017.
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