Improving students' critical thinking and communication skills


Conference Paper

University engineering faculties, professional engineering institutions and industry increasingly recognize that higher education should support students to develop key professional skills such as critical thinking and communication skills. This paper examines three activities aimed at teaching these skills, i.e. practical open-ended group activities; discussion with experts or as experts; and peer assessment. These methods were assessed in terms of student and staff opinions, but also practicality. Our research indicates that it is beneficial to integrate and balance these three types of activities within engineering degrees as they complement each other. Our findings and conclusions can be applicable to any engineering degree, whether the aim is to incorporate the teaching of these skills in a small activity within a module or a full programme of studies.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Garcia-Souto, MDP; Gibson, A; Hughes, G; Cottenden, A; Yerworth, RJ

Published Date

  • January 1, 2017

Published In

  • Proceedings of the 45th Sefi Annual Conference 2017 Education Excellence for Sustainability, Sefi 2017

Start / End Page

  • 448 - 455

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9789899887572

Citation Source

  • Scopus