A proposal to encourage intuitive learning in a senior-level analogue electronics course

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Abstract

One of the most important issues in the reorganisation of engineering education is to consider new pedagogical techniques to help students develop skills and an adaptive expertise. This expertise consists of being able to recognise the nature of a problem intuitively, and also recognising recurring patterns in different types of problems. In the particular case of analogue electronics, an additional difficulty seems to be that understanding involves both analytic skills and an intuitive grasp of circuit characteristics. This paper presents a proposal to help senior students to think intuitively in order to identify the common issue involved in a group of problems of analogue electronics and build an abstract concept based on, for example, a theory or a mathematical model in order to use it to solve future problems. The preliminary results suggest that this proposal could be useful to promote intuitive reasoning in analogue electronics courses. The experience would later be useful to graduates in analytically solving new types of problems or in designing new electronic circuits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-172
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2011

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Engineering(all)

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