A Novel Engineering and Creative Learning Process Based on Constructionism

  • Hong, Ki-Cheon ;
  • Cho, Young-Sang
  • Received : 2019.07.08
  • Accepted : 2019.08.22
  • Published : 2019.09.30


This paper shows that novel engineering (NE) is a creative learning process (CLP) based on Seymour Papert's constructionism. First, the paper introduces NE, CLP, and constructionism. Next, a sample NE lesson is explored. NE is an innovative way of integrating literacy into an engineering discipline that was developed by the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) at Tufts University. NE consists of seven steps: picking a book, identifying problems, designing solutions, building, feedback, upgrading solutions, and reconstructing stories. Lifelong Kindergarten by Mitchel Resnick of the MIT Media Lab describes CLP, and the four elements necessary for a lesson to be creative. NE can be viewed as one of the most creative, comprehensive learning models ever developed. NE integrates several paradigms in Korea, following all the constructs of both CLP and constructionism. The aim of this paper is to show that NE is based on both CLP and constructionism.


Novel engineering;Creative Learning Process;Constructionism;Seymour papert


Supported by : National Research Foundation of Korea