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Balancing Conflicting Needs to Support a Culture of Innovation and Reflection in Experiential LearningThe rapid progress of globalization has lead to many unprecedented changes that willdemand future engineers engage problems with creativity, critical analysis, and innovation.In order to be prepared to produce the innovative solutions needed after graduation, studentsmust engage in practices conducive to the development of innovation, creativity, and higherorder thinking now during their formal educational experiences. Engineering education mustadapt to provide authentic opportunities for students to engage novel and complex problemsand challenges in order to practice and develop the skills and dispositions for innovation theywill require.Facilitating the development of students’ abilities for critical thinking and creative problemsolving is recognized as important and lacking. Operationalizing appropriate and meaningfulresponses to address this need presents a challenge that, itself, must be addressed usingcritical thinking and creativity. Facilitating the development of desired skills, dispositions,and reflective habits of mind within our student populations, requires a critical mass offaculty able and eager to embody and enact these desired characteristics. How can we assistfaculty to be vital components in the cultural shift we seek within engineering education,which is imperative for the critical analysis, creativity, and innovation demands that will beplaced on the engineering community of the future?We have begun work toward supporting a cultural shift by addressing the needs of currentand future faculty to engage instructional strategies for innovation by developing a workshopthat supports conceptual and philosophical development, provides instructional strategies andscaffolding, and is based on sound pedagogical theory. In this paper, we report on what weare learning from developing and conducting this workshop to unleash innovation inexperiential learning and how that experience informs our current and future work towardsupporting a culture of innovation in engineering education. A key challenge involvesbalancing the often conflicting needs for time, efficiency, dialogue, modeling, reflection,practice, conceptual and philosophical scaffolding, procedural learning, and affectivedevelopment. What are the preliminary steps in this endeavor? How can we engage andinterest our professional colleagues to be interested and willing to undertake the challengesinherent in program and curriculum redesigns that will support innovations across our widerengineering community? What conceptual and philosophical support is needed, and what arethe best ways to provide this support? In what formats can meaningful engagement befacilitated?In this paper, we clarify related issues and foundational constructs, provide strategies thatarise from them, and present a model for scaffolding higher order cognitive engagementand intentional reflection in experiential learning. This paper is especially relevant forfaculty, students and administrators interested in exploring experiential learning, or thosewho may have attempted experiential learning and want to use it more effectively.
Bradshaw, A. C., & Siddique, Z., & Hardre, P. L., & Mistree, F. (2011, June), Experiential Learning to Support an Innovation Disposition within Engineering Education Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17962
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