June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
24.393.1 - 24.393.13
Developing Cognitive Innovation Skills through a Problem Solving Approach in Science and TechnologyThe purpose of this paper is to describe a critical thinking/problem-solving course in science andtechnology taken during the undergraduate honors general education experience by science,technology, and engineering students and further applied during their academic major programof study. First, the authors provide examples of how critical thinking/problem-solving skills areapplied to study complex global sustainability problems during the undergraduate generaleducation experience. Then they provide examples of how students apply these skills duringtheir major course work, including the Honors Thesis. During the first half of the course,students engage in a variety of critical thinking learning experiences that teach them how to:develop analysis mapping for making decisions; use design heuristics; utilize comparative,ideological, deductive, and inductive reasoning; and understand the relationship betweenscientific inquiry and problem solving. During the second half of the course, students work inteams to apply these critical thinking skills to a complex global sustainability problem,investigating how a problem becomes a problem and exploring current solutions and projectedfuture solutions. Finally, the authors provide relevant examples of how students apply thesecognitive innovation skills within their academic major as they further develop their science,technology, and engineering knowledge. The culminating Honors Thesis is an extension of theirinitial inquiry of the complex global sustainability problem they studied during their generaleducation course.
Barnes, J. L., & Barnes, S. K., & Dyrenfurth, M. J. (2014, June), Developing Cognitive Innovation Skills through a Problem Solving Approach in Science and Technology to Develop Solution Entrepreneurs Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/20284
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