Interactive Methods in Engineering Design Education: Our Experience
Editor: Lyndon Buck, Geert Frateur, William Ion, Chris McMahon, Chris Baelus, Guido De Grande, Stijn Verwulgen
Author: Petrova, Miroslava Nadkova; Zheleva-Martins, Dobrina Ivanova
Institution: University of Forestry, Bulgaria
Section: Design Methods
of their own knowledge while learning becomes an active quest for meanings and values – a co-participation in the educational process. Dialogue is established as the most common and underlying form of knowledge, and interchange of ideas. In search of heuristic solutions the most problematic and conflicting issues are discussed. In this paper, examples for the thematic broadening of the disciplines through their interdisciplinary correlation will be presented. Different possibilities for updating the education through introduction of the novel acquisition of scientific knowledge will be shown. The aim is to provide students with a range of options to extend further their knowledge, to motivate them to interpret the relevant information and apply it in their future work. Various established forms of student participation in the educational dialogue will be analyzed. The importance of development of heuristic thinking through analyzing problems, generalizing principles, proposing and arguing solutions is underlined. Special attention is paid to the application of the idea for competitiveness, which supports and contributes to activation and intensification of the educational process.