Exploring adaptive expertise as a target for engineering design education

Ann F. McKenna, J. Edward Colgate, Gregory B. Olson, Stephen H. Carr

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5 Scopus citations

Abstract

In this paper we present the concept of adaptive expertise and relate this concept to the design curriculum offered by the Institute for Design Engineering and Applications (IDEA) at Northwestern University. The model of adaptive expertise suggests that instruction and assessment include a balance of "efficiency" and "innovation". These two dimensions are first described from a theoretical perspective, then are discussed in more concrete terms in the context of the design experiences provided in IDEA. The model of adaptive expertise suggests that by providing learning experiences that balance these two dimensions we better prepare students to flexibly apply their knowledge in innovative ways. Since these aims are so closely aligned with the goals of design, we offer adaptive expertise as the target for engineering design education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2006 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information In Engineering Conference, DETC2006
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Print)079183784X, 9780791837849
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006
Event2006 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information In Engineering Conference, DETC2006 - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: Sep 10 2006Sep 13 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
Volume2006

Other

Other2006 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information In Engineering Conference, DETC2006
CountryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia, PA
Period9/10/069/13/06

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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