Interdisciplinary problem solving : a focus on engineering experiences

English, Lyn D. (2008) Interdisciplinary problem solving : a focus on engineering experiences. In Goos, Merrilyn, Brown, Ray, & Makar, Katie (Eds.) Mathematics Education Research Group of Australia Conference, 28 June - 1 July 2008, Brisbane, Qld, Australia.

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We are facing a serious skills shortage in mathematics, science and engineering - our efforts to remain globally competitive will be severely hampered if this shortage continues. Numerous recent calls for improving students' learning in these disciplines and for raising our nation's levels of innovation and creativity have been made. In response, this discussion paper argues for a future-oriented interdisciplinary approach to mathematical problem solving, one that draws upon engineering. Consideration is given to engineering as a problem solving domain, the interdisciplinary knowledge and processes that are fostered, and the role of mathematical modelling in solving engineering-based problems. An example of such a problem for the primary/middle school is analysed.

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ID Code: 17672
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this conference proceeding can be freely accessed online via the organization’s web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: engineering education
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > INTERDISCIPLINARY ENGINEERING (091500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Incorporated
Deposited On: 13 Feb 2009 04:15
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:08

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