Investigating engineering design through model-building

Adam Carberry, Gay Lemons, Christopher Swan, Linda Jarvin, Christopher Rogers

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This paper reports on a study utilizing Verbal Protocol Analysis (VPA) during prototype construction to investigate student's understanding of the engineering design process. Students were asked to think aloud during the design and construction of a prototype jar opener for physically challenged individuals. The results show that the inclusion of a hands-on component helped not only the researchers gauge student's understanding, but also helped the students in designing possible solutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event2009 Research in Engineering Education Symposium, REES 2009 - Palm Cove, QLD, Australia
Duration: Jul 20 2009Jul 23 2009


Other2009 Research in Engineering Education Symposium, REES 2009
CityPalm Cove, QLD

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Education


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