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Can we (control) Engineer the degree learning process?

Can we (control) Engineer the degree learning process?

White, A. S., Censlive, M. and Nielsen, D. (2014) Can we (control) Engineer the degree learning process? IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 65 (1):012033. ISSN 1757-8981 (Print), 1757-899X (Online) (doi:

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This paper investigates how control theory could be applied to learning processes in engineering education. The initial point for the analysis is White’s Double Loop learning model of human automation control modified for the education process where a set of governing principals is chosen, probably by the course designer. After initial training the student decides unknowingly on a mental map or model. After observing how the real world is behaving, a strategy to achieve the governing variables is chosen and a set of actions chosen. This may not be a conscious operation, it maybe completely instinctive. These actions will cause some consequences but not until a certain time delay. The current model is compared with the work of Hollenbeck on goal setting, Nelson’s model of self-regulation and that of Abdulwahed, Nagy and Blanchard at Loughborough who investigated control methods applied
to the learning process.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published in IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, Volume 65, Issue 1, (2014). 27th International Conference on CADCAM, Robotics and Factories of the Future 2014, 22–24 July 2014, London, UK
Uncontrolled Keywords: control theoretic model, Kolb model, learning, simulation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:30

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