Tinkering as Method in Academic Teaching

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    Abstract

    In this work we argue that tinkering can be a vehicle to gain knowledge and skills profitable for working in engineering, design and science. We analyse how to implement tinkering in an academic context and illustrate our findings with examples from our environment. In academic environments tinkering often has the reputation of playing around without plan, with unclear outcome. We argue that, when implemented and executed well, due to its practical and iterative nature, its high applicability and hands-on nature it can be a valuable contribution to design and engineering and other academic disciplines.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDS 83: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
    EditorsErik Bohemia
    Pages240-245
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-904670-62-9
    Publication statusPublished - 9 Sep 2016
    Event18th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Design Education: Collaboration and Cross-Disciplinarity - Aalborg, Denmark
    Duration: 8 Sep 20169 Sep 2016
    Conference number: 18

    Conference

    Conference18th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
    Abbreviated titleEPDE 2016
    CountryDenmark
    CityAalborg
    Period8/09/169/09/16

    Keywords

    • Tinkering
    • Engineering Rationale
    • Engineering and Design Education

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