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Assessing the development of empathy and innovation attitudes in a project-based engineering design course

AO Surma-Aho, TA Björklund, K Holtta-Otto

ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings | Published : 2018


To develop innovative solutions that fit end-users, engineers must understand the end-users' needs. This user-centered aspect of engineering innovation has been highlighted in recent design thinking literature, where the construct of empathy has received increasing attention. Anecdotal support has been found for the benefits of empathy in engineering, and many engineering design thinking courses today teach engineering students to empathize with end-users. However, transitioning from anecdotal to evidence-based education requires being able to measure and track the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that educators attempt to impart on students. Thus, this study measures the development of empa..

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