Critical Skills for Engineering Studies (CRES) - Foundation Year

Research Overview

Research Title:
Academic critical thinking skills for ESAP Engineering: a research into theory, practice and the development of critical thinking skills within Foundation Engineering programme

This research has been approved by the Ethics Committee of University of Southampton, United Kingdom.

Approved Ethics ID: 13639

1. Research Student: Sevendy Patchamuthu

2. Start date: 03/12/2014 End date: 30/05/2017

3. Supervisors: Mr Chris Sinclair (Faculty of Humanities) and Dr Su White (Faculty of Engineering and Environment)

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The purpose of the study is to investigate the existing theory of Critical Thinking skills and Engineering education and how the current curriculum and class room practice address the expectations and learning needs of Foundation Years students in terms of their critical skills to prepare them for their undergraduate Engineering programme.

1. To investigate the awareness and understanding of criticality issues among students joining the Engineering Foundation Year, taking account of their previous L1 and cultural backgrounds and previous learning experiences.

2. To investigate the relationship between the theory, practice and the development of academic critical thinking skills within Foundation Year