Can we (control) Engineer the degree learning process?

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White, A. S. ; Censlive, M. ; Nielsen, D. (2014)

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\ud to the learning process.
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