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On the developing role of physical models in engineering design education

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Recent research, undertaken using participative observation methods within the Leonardo Da Vinci project ‘Open-Dynamic-Design', provides evidence that EU industrial practice continues to value the flexibility of physical models across a range of disciplines. This research is placed within the philosophical educational framework established by Schon and examples of implementation within the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering disciplines at the University of Glasgow are discussed. It is argued that physical models support the concurrent optimisation of design and manufacturing processes and that they represent a continuing generic tool to support engineering design education.

Keywords: Engineering design education; Physical models

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03043790600567860

Affiliations: 1: Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Glasgow, UK 2: Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Glasgow, UK

Publication date: May 1, 2006

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