Authors: Prof. V.F. Vzyatishev
Addresses: Centre for Engineering Design, Moscow Power Engineering Institute, USSR
Abstract: Engineering design (ED) is a specific form of intellectual activity revealing inherent creative abilities. The principal concepts of ED are: a combination of parameter and pattern descriptions, a multicriterion approach, and new patterns as a means of resolving contradictions. ED structure includes procedures such as: a multicriterion statement of the problem, pattern building, simulation, optimisation, search and resolve contradictions, etc. This paper describes experience gained in teaching a course on |The Foundations of Engineering Design|, consisting of lectures, seminars, laboratory work and projects. The course has confirmed the possibility of humanising educational processes by way of self-realisation and development of creative abilities. New directions for the development of ED pedagogics are: creation of psycho-pedagogical and computer basis of ED procedures, ED development into productive engineering activity (PEA), PEA introduction to the educational process, and ED adaptation of methodology to the raising of engineers| qualifications.
Keywords: engineering creativeness; education through activity; engineering design structure; subject; object; states; procedures; connections; personality; codevelopment; joint productive activity; self-realisation; design education; engineering education; creativity.
International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 1991 Vol.1 No.3, pp.219 - 234
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