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Abstract

Engaging critical thinking and mathematical thinking in solving engineering problems is a way of approaching the engineering criteria of Engineering Accreditation Council, Board of Engineers Malaysia. Thus, it is timely and crucial to inculcate the critical thinking and mathematical thinking into the current engineering education. Unfortunately, information about these two modes of thinking in real-world engineering practice is found lacking in the literature. Therefore, this paper focuses on explaining an analytic process in identifying pertinent elements of critical thinking and mathematical thinking used in real-world civil engineering practice. The analytic process, namely open coding is a part of coding process in modified grounded theory analysis. Data consist of semi-structured interviews with eight practicing civil engineers from two different consultancy firms. A total of fifty three pertinent elements emerged during the analytic process. The selection of these pertinent elements was based on the predominant pattern and frequency of the informants and open codes. The pertinent elements were eventually integrated to develop a substantive theory. The substantive theory provides useful information for the engineering education.

Keywords

Critical Thinking, Engineering Education, Mathematical Thinking, Modified Grounded Theory

Author Bio(s)

Sharifah Osman is a PhD candidate in Engineering Education at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: Sharifah Osman at, sharifah22@live.utm.my.

Dr. Mohd Salleh Abu is a professor of Mathematics at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Correspondence regarding this article can also be addressed directly to: Mohd Salleh Abu, salleh@utm.my.

Dr. Shahrin Mohammad is a professor of Civil Engineering at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Correspondence regarding this article can also be addressed directly to: Shahrin Mohammad, shahrin@utm.my.

Dr. Mahani Mokhtar is a senior lecturer in Education at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Correspondence regarding this article can also be addressed directly to: Mahani Mokhtar, p-mahani@utm.my.

Publication Date

2-7-2016

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