Accommodating Different Learning Styles: Bridging Math and Form

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Design engineering educations often struggle to accommodate a highly diverse group of students as it combines an equally diverse range of topics in one education. This paper investigates how a specific course, Mathematics and Form, integrates two distinct areas into one course with the aim of facilitating learning across this diverse group of students. The paper is based on a survey with 99 former participants of the course as respondents. The results of the survey imply that certain types of students benefit from the combination of mathematical theory and practical exercises related to basic shapes and form, whereas other types of students do not. The results thereby underpin that learning is typically based on individual preferences and that cross-disciplinary educational programmes have to accommodate this.
Translated title of the contributionAt tilgodese forskellige læringsstile: Brobygning mellem matematik og form
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign Education & Human Technology Relations : Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
EditorsErik Bohemia, Arthur Eger, Wouter Eggink, Ahmed Kovacevic, Brian Parkinson, Wessel Wits
Number of pages6
Place of PublicationGlasgow, UK
PublisherDesign Society
Publication date4 Sep 2014
Article number139
ISBN (Print)978-1-904670-56-8
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sep 2014
EventThe 16th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Design Education & Human Technology Relations - University of Twente , Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: 4 Sep 20145 Sep 2014


ConferenceThe 16th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
LocationUniversity of Twente
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  • Design education
  • Mathematics
  • form
  • Grasshopper 3D
  • Learning


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