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Scaffolding strategies in a rubric-based intervention to promote engineering students’ ability to address wicked problems
Chalmers tekniska högskola.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9667-2044
Chalmers tekniska högskola.
Chalmers tekniska högskola.
2019 (English)In: European Journal of Engineering Education, ISSN 0304-3797, E-ISSN 1469-5898, Vol. 44, no 1-2, p. 196-221Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In recent years, there has been increasing interest within the engineering education research community to prepare engineering students to address wicked problems (WPs) such as climate change, resource scarcity and violent conflict. Previous research suggests that engineering students are able to address WPs if they are given adequate support, but there is a lack of research on what kinds of support are needed. This paper aims to reduce this gap by reporting on students’ performance in, and approaches to, addressing WPs when different scaffolding strategies were used in different parts of a rubric-based intervention. The intervention aimed to provide undergraduate engineering students with an understanding of the nature of WPs and with a structured way of addressing them. For each part of the intervention, we discuss affordances for learning provided by the different scaffolding strategies. The results suggest that strong cognitive scaffolding can support students’ understanding of the nature of WPs and students’ performance in written responses to WPs, but possibly also limits deep engagement with WPs and transfer of learning to other contexts.

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2019. Vol. 44, no 1-2, p. 196-221
Keywords [en]
Wicked problems, engineering education, scaffolding, assessment of learning outcomes, rubric, design-based research
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didactics of natural science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-158198DOI: 10.1080/03043797.2017.1404010ISI: 000456295600014Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85034233121OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-158198DiVA, id: diva2:1305328
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