June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
October 19, 2019
Student Led Paper
Student Perspectives on Using Hands-on Discovery Activities in a Critical Systems Thinking Course
At a large Midwestern university, students in an engineering technology program may choose to take a graduate course on Critical Systems Thinking (CST). This course explores the application of critical systems thinking to complex problems in aviation and aerospace industries. The course materials use systems theory textbooks and case studies that explore the practical applications of critical systems thinking for aviation and aerospace industries and for other complex socio-technical issues. Two course objectives are to understand how to frame complex issues in terms of systems thinking methodologies, and to evaluate options and alternative solutions to complex problems. As an important component of student learning, hands-on discovery activities are used to illustrate CST principles and models which allows students to experience the behavior of systems and to better understand CST. The hands-on discovery activities are at first led by the instructor; however, the students form teams and then lead the learning experience for the class as the semester progresses. Getting to lead a game, or being assigned to do so, engages the students on an entirely different level as opposed to being a participant. The student team leaders are now peer-teachers that must be able to lead the activities and probe the students for understanding of the models and system behavior demonstrated in the activities. This paper presents a roadmap for using hands-on discovery activities that may better engage students of the current generation. The paper presents the learning objectives, discusses some of the successful activities, and student perspectives on leading and learning. The paper will also provide lessons learned on how to implement these activities in the classroom.
Feng, Y., & Holtaway, L. E., & Johnson, M. E., & Congdon, S. R. (2019, June), Student Perspectives on Using Hands-on Discovery Activities in a Critical Systems Thinking Course Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33299
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