Do engineering students from vocational and academic backgrounds think differently?

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This work describes an experimental study to try to better understand the natural and previously evolved problem solving strategies used by entrants to undergraduate engineering programmes. New entrants to degree and pre-degree programmes were presented with a range of brain-teaser and practical problems requiring no specific prior knowledge to answer. Some would have unique answers with others being more open ended. Students worked in pairs to solve the problems and their discussions, notes and where relevant physical interactions with props were recorded and observed. The results were then coded and conclusions drawn based on both general approaches and whether particular types of student educational backgrounds influenced their approaches to problem solving.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International CDIO Conference, hosted by Reykjavik University, Reykjavik Iceland, June 13-15, 2022.
EditorsMaria Sigridur Gudjonsdottir, Haraldur Audunsson, Arkaitz Manterola Donoso, Gudmundur Kristjansson, Ingunn Saemundsdottir, Joseph Timothy Foley, Marcel Kyas, Angkee Sripakagorn, Janne Roslof, Jens Bennedsen, Kristina Edstrom, Natha Kuptasthien, Reidar Lyng
ISBN (Electronic)9789935965561
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2022
Event18th International CDIO Conference, CDIO 2022 - Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 13 Jun 202215 Jun 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International CDIO Conference
ISSN (Electronic)2002-1593


Conference18th International CDIO Conference, CDIO 2022

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  • experimental. Standards: 4, 5, 8, 12
  • Problem solving
  • qualifications


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