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What Engineers Donʼt Learn and Why They Don Learn It: and How Philosophy Might Be Able to Help

Goldberg, David E. (2008) What Engineers Donʼt Learn and Why They Don Learn It: and How Philosophy Might Be Able to Help. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    This paper presented at WPE-2008 uses an industrial-based senior design as an opportunity to understand what what students don't learn in a fairly traditional cold war engineering curriculum. The paper identifies seven deficient skills: questioning, labeling, qualitative modeling, decomposing, visualizing/ideation, empirical testing, and communicating. The talk also identifies five reasons why engineers don't learn these things, and philosophy plays a prominent role in recifying the problem by aiding in providing conceptual clarity and offering alternative models of rigor.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: qualitative thinking, category error, engineering epistemology, scalability
    Subjects: General Issues > Science Education
    Depositing User: David E. Goldberg
    Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2009
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:17
    Item ID: 4531
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4531

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