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Research on encouraging sketching in engineering design

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 August 2012

Linda C. Schmidt
Affiliation:
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA
Noe Vargas Hernandez
Affiliation:
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas, USA
Ashley L. Ruocco
Affiliation:
Department of Energy, Germantown, Maryland, USA
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Abstract

The value of sketching in engineering design has been widely documented. This paper reviews trends in recent studies on sketching in engineering design and focuses on the encouragement of sketching. The authors present three experimental studies on sketching that look at (1) sketching assignments and their motivation, (2) the impact of a sketching lesson, and (3) the use of Smartpen technology to record sketching; overall these studies address the research question: Can sketching frequency be influenced in engineering education? Influencing sketching frequency is accomplished through motivation, learning, and use of technology for sketching, respectively. Results indicate that these three elements contribute to the encouragement of sketching in engineering design.

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