Teach 'problem solving' to produce engineers, schools urged

Teaching pupils "creative problem solving" is key to encouraging more pupils to think like engineers, says the report.


Schools should focus less on "subjects" and more on teaching problem solving skills, say engineers in a report.


A focus on "playful experimentation" could boost learning throughout UK schools, says the Royal Academy of Engineering.


It could also instil a passion for engineering and help "overcome our current lack of engineers", it adds.


Ministers say they want the UK to be world beating for science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) subjects.


But co-author Prof Bill Lucas, of Winchester University, said schools "must rethink" the way they teach in order to boost engagement in engineering.


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