A Study of Critical Thinking and Cross-Disciplinary Teamwork in Engineering Education

  • Hulya Julie YaziciEmail author
  • Lisa A. Zidek
  • Halcyon St. Hill
Part of the Women in Engineering and Science book series (WES)


Preparing engineer students for a career in engineering reaches beyond typical coursework, memorizing equations and solving end of the chapter problems. Students must learn to work and solve problems in a cross-disciplinary environment. As engineering curriculum needs to be reassessed to focus more on skills, capabilities, and techniques as well as cultivating ethical values and attitudes, more research is needed to understand what contributes to critical thinking skills, and overall higher academic achievement. The study of critical thinking skill in engineering education and cross-disciplinary collaboration of engineers are to be further explored. An underlying theme is that critical thinking is not taught, rather it is developed through experiential learning and systematic approaches to problem solving. This chapter describes the critical thinking performance of engineering students in association with their thinking styles and in relation to cross-disciplinary team setting.



This research was funded by the Multidisciplinary Grant Research Initiative (MDRI, Number 2014–32), Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hulya Julie Yazici
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lisa A. Zidek
    • 2
  • Halcyon St. Hill
    • 3
  1. 1.Lutgert College of Business, Florida Gulf Coast UniversityFort MyersUSA
  2. 2.U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering, Florida Gulf Coast UniversityFort MyersUSA
  3. 3.Marieb College of Health and Human Services, Florida Gulf Coast UniversityFort MyersUSA

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