How to Introduce Mathematical Modelling in Industrial Design Education?

Part of the International Perspectives on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematical Modelling book series (IPTL)


With competency based learning in a project driven environment, we are facing a different perspective of how students perceive mathematical modelling. In this chapter, a model is proposed where conventional education is seen as a process from mathematics to design, while competency driven approaches tend to have an inverted sequence. We assume there is a virtual barrier for on-demand learning with regards to the mathematical modelling layer under the layer of technical skills. Several successful attempts were done in the past to remove the technology skill from the chain in order to make the opportunities of modelling visible. After experiencing the modelling competency in such a setting, students can beneficially deploy it for technology. We evaluated this model based on a learning activity which was changed from traditional education into competency centred learning.


State Diagram Industrial Design Modelling Skill Modelling Competency Competency Area 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Industrial DesignEindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands

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