Experimentation in a Research Workshop: A Peer-learning Approach as a First Step to Scientific Competence

International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy (iJEP). 2013;3(S3):27-31 DOI 10.3991/ijep.v3iS3.2748


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Journal Title: International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy (iJEP)

ISSN: 2192-4880 (Print)

Publisher: International Society for Engineering Education (IGIP), Kassel University Press

LCC Subject Category: Education: Special aspects of education | Education: Theory and practice of education

Country of publisher: Germany

Language of fulltext: English

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Philipp Ossenberg
Thorsten Jungmann


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Time From Submission to Publication: 8 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

Engineers are supposed to be clever innovators and creative problem solvers. First-year engineering students usually do not learn to solve technical problems creatively. They usually do not learn how to innovate. In this paper we describe FLExperiments as a new learning format in a research-based learning environment named FLEx-Forschungswerkstatt (research workshop). FLEx provides student-focused, competence-oriented and research-based learning. Conducting FLExperiments means that students solve small technical problems by experimentation and subsequently document their findings in a scientific report. In this learning process they are assisted by their peers, who act as tutors. FLExperimentation includes the iterative process of experiential learning synchronized with a research process. To demonstrate the idea of FLExperimentation we are giving the example of an experiment from the field of kinetics: the Loop.