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The Question Of Turn Of Millennium In Creative Engineering Education

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1997 Annual Conference


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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June 15, 1997

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June 15, 1997

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June 18, 1997



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2.424.1 - 2.424.4



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Péter Szendrõ

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László Kátai

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Session 3260

The Question of Turn of Millennium in Creative Engineering Education

Dr.Péter Szendrõ, László Kátai Gödöllõ Agricultural University

As we approach the turn of the millennium, the volume of information available in our society is growing at an increasing rate. Wide, never before seen perspectives will open in the acquiring of knowledge and the realization of life-long learning. But new forms of education hide many contradictions.


What are the concerns?

1. Appearance of information as images, limited fantasy

Parallel with the development of mediums we observe a reduction of the "cultural” needs of the human brain. This process has a negative effect on achieving abstraction in constructive thinking. When reading books, we are forced to translate the information on paper into an image in our brain. Rereading brightens the image as a result of the added details. The same information appearing in cartoons, on TV or in movies provides a clear visual experience and, therefore, reduces the abstraction in the human brain.

2. Passive reception, bad rate of memorization

If information is received in combination with manual activity (touching, sketching, writing, etc.), the information is better retained in the brain, and creative skills are enhanced and have a stronger base. When a medium forces us to receive information passively, the observation is complete, but the efficiency of memorization is very low. The speed of oblivion is increased, as there is no memory of the same information as a different kind of experience. Especially experiences that may turn information into knowledge or creative thought are lacking.

3. Missing skills in information selection

Furthermore, we are faced with a spectacular increase in information, which makes our reception of data more global and multiplies them daily. Oddly enough, this spectacular increase in information takes on a negative quality. Modern information transmitters, like computer networks and related databases, provide us with newer and newer information at such a high rate

Szendrõ, P., & Kátai, L. (1997, June), The Question Of Turn Of Millennium In Creative Engineering Education Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 10.18260/1-2--6755

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