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Teachers’ Incorporation Of Argumentation To Support Engineering Learning In Stem Integration Curricula, Corey A. Mathis, Emilie A. Siverling, Aran W. Glancy, Tamara J. Moore 2017 California State University, Bakersfield

Teachers’ Incorporation Of Argumentation To Support Engineering Learning In Stem Integration Curricula, Corey A. Mathis, Emilie A. Siverling, Aran W. Glancy, Tamara J. Moore

Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research (J-PEER)

One of the fundamental practices identified in Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is argumentation, which has been researched in P-12 science education for the previous two decades but has yet to be studied within the context of P-12 engineering education. This research explores how elementary and middle school science teachers incorporated argumentation into engineering design-based STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) integration curricular units they developed during a professional development program. To gain a better understanding of how teachers included argumentation in their curricula, a multiple case study approach was conducted using four STEM integration units. While evidence of argumentation ...


Students’ Successes And Challenges Applying Data Analysis And Measurement Skills In A Fifth-Grade Integrated Stem Unit, Aran W. Glancy, Tamara J. Moore, Selcen Guzey, Karl A. Smith 2017 Purdue University

Students’ Successes And Challenges Applying Data Analysis And Measurement Skills In A Fifth-Grade Integrated Stem Unit, Aran W. Glancy, Tamara J. Moore, Selcen Guzey, Karl A. Smith

Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research (J-PEER)

An understanding of statistics and skills in data analysis are becoming more and more essential, yet research consistently shows that students struggle with these concepts at all levels. This case study documents some of the struggles four groups of fifth-grade students encounter as they collect, organize, and interpret data and then ultimately attempt to draw conclusions or make decisions based on these data. The activities in which the students engaged were part of an integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) unit that had students collecting and analyzing data both in the context of learning science concepts and in the ...


Perspectives On Failure In The Classroom By Elementary Teachers New To Teaching Engineering, Pamela S. Lottero-Perdue, Elizabeth A. Parry 2017 Towson University

Perspectives On Failure In The Classroom By Elementary Teachers New To Teaching Engineering, Pamela S. Lottero-Perdue, Elizabeth A. Parry

Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research (J-PEER)

This mixed methods study examines perspectives on failure in the classroom by elementary teachers new to teaching engineering. The study participants included 254 teachers in third, fourth, and fifth grade who responded to survey questions about failure, as well as a subset of 38 of those teachers who participated in interviews about failure. The study first examines the literature about failure in the contexts of engineering and education. Failure is positioned as largely normative and expected in engineering, whereas in education, learning and failure have a more tenuous relationship. Identity, failure avoidance, failure as part of the learning process, growth ...


Undergraduate Engineers And Teachers: Can Students Be Both?, Malinda S. Zarske, Maia L. Vadeen, Janet Y. Tsai, Jacquelyn F. Sullivan, Denise W. Carlson 2017 University of Colorado Boulder

Undergraduate Engineers And Teachers: Can Students Be Both?, Malinda S. Zarske, Maia L. Vadeen, Janet Y. Tsai, Jacquelyn F. Sullivan, Denise W. Carlson

Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research (J-PEER)

Today’s college-aged students are graduating into a world that relies on multidisciplinary talents to succeed. Engineering college majors are more likely to find jobs after college that are outside of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields, including jobs in healthcare, management, and social services. A survey of engineering undergraduate students at the University of Colorado Boulder in November 2012 indicated a desire by students to simultaneously pursue secondary teacher licensure alongside their engineering degrees: 25 percent ‘‘agreed’’ or ‘‘strongly agreed’’ that they ‘‘would be interested in earning grades 7–12 science or math teaching licenses while [they] earn ...


Examining Experienced Teachers’ Noticing Of And Responses To Students’ Engineering, Aaron W. Johnson, Kristen B. Wendell, Jessica Watkins 2017 Tufts University

Examining Experienced Teachers’ Noticing Of And Responses To Students’ Engineering, Aaron W. Johnson, Kristen B. Wendell, Jessica Watkins

Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research (J-PEER)

Engineering design places unique demands on teachers, as students are coming up with new, unanticipated ideas to problems along often unpredictable trajectories. These demands motivate a responsive approach to teaching, in which teachers attend their students’ thinking and flexibly adapt their instructional plans and objectives. A great deal of literature has focused on responsive teaching in science and mathematics, but there has been little research or professional development on this approach in engineering. In this work, we conducted clinical video-based interviews with six elementary teachers experienced in teaching engineering to discuss what they noticed in their students’ thinking and how ...


Elementary Teachers’ Reflections On Design Failures And Use Of Fail Words After Teaching Engineering For Two Years, Pamela S. Lottero-Perdue, Elizabeth A. Parry 2017 Towson University

Elementary Teachers’ Reflections On Design Failures And Use Of Fail Words After Teaching Engineering For Two Years, Pamela S. Lottero-Perdue, Elizabeth A. Parry

Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research (J-PEER)

This mixed-methods study examines how teachers who have taught one or two units of the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) curriculum for two years reported on: students’ responses to design failure; the ways in which they, the teachers, supported these students and used fail words (e.g. fail, failure); and the teachers’ broad perspectives and messages to students about failure. In addition, the study explores how strategies, perspectives, messages, and fail word use may change after two years of engineering instruction. This study builds on previous work about elementary teachers’: perspectives on failure prior to teaching engineering, and responses to and ...


Student Professional Development: Competency-Based Learning And Assessment, Jacqulyn A. Baughman, Thomas J. Brumm, Steven K. Mickelson 2017 Iowa State University

Student Professional Development: Competency-Based Learning And Assessment, Jacqulyn A. Baughman, Thomas J. Brumm, Steven K. Mickelson

Thomas J. Brumm

This case study examines the implementation of competency-based learning (CBL) and assessment as a measure of student professional development. Students enrolled in an industrial technology undergraduate course at a Midwestern university participated in this study. Based on the degree program outcomes, the “top five” course competencies were identified, and their key action items were assessed using an industry-based, 360-degree assessment process. Significant differences in the average initial and final assessed values were used to determine professional development gains. Findings showed that self-assessed professional gains were achieved, self-assessed results were higher than peer results, and overall peer assessments indicated aggregate gains ...


Examining The Use Of Engineering Internship Workplace Competency Assessments For Continuous Improvement, Mark A. Laingen, Steven A. Freeman, Thomas J. Brumm, Mack Shelley 2017 Illinois State University

Examining The Use Of Engineering Internship Workplace Competency Assessments For Continuous Improvement, Mark A. Laingen, Steven A. Freeman, Thomas J. Brumm, Mack Shelley

Thomas J. Brumm

This study explored how workplace competency assessment data from internship studentsand their supervisors, collected by College of Engineering programs between fall 2001 throughfall 2011 are applied toward continuous improvement practices. The continuous improvementprocess is integral to the accreditation and evaluation of the engineering curriculum. This mixedmethods study examined three separate practices using internship workplace competencyassessment ratings in the continuous improvement process. The study examined how assessmentrankings of the internship students’ workplace competency strengths and weakness have changedfrom the 2001-05 assessment terms in the past accreditation cycle, to the 2006-11 assessmentterms of the most recent accreditation cycle. In addition, this study ...


Cross-Institutional Exploratory Of Faculty Compensation Models To Incentivize Distance Learning Participation, Mitchell L. Springer, Mark T. Schuver, Thomas J. Brumm 2017 Purdue University

Cross-Institutional Exploratory Of Faculty Compensation Models To Incentivize Distance Learning Participation, Mitchell L. Springer, Mark T. Schuver, Thomas J. Brumm

Thomas J. Brumm

In higher education, courses and curriculum are purportedly the intellectual property of the academic departments. Academic departments, then, provide instructors or faculty to teach. The assignment of faculty to teach in distance-based programs directly implies there needs to exist some level of financial incentive for the home department of those faculty, as well as direct incentive to the faculty who are involved in teaching. After all expenses are accounted for, then,what model for faculty compensation provides the greatest level of incentive to participate in professional studies? Building on previous scholarship and over a year of additional research,this paper ...


Differential Impacts Of Online Delivery Methods On Student Learning: A Case Study In Biorenewables, Darren H. Jarboe, D. Raj Raman, Thomas J. Brumm, Robert Martin, Scott McLeod 2017 Iowa State University

Differential Impacts Of Online Delivery Methods On Student Learning: A Case Study In Biorenewables, Darren H. Jarboe, D. Raj Raman, Thomas J. Brumm, Robert Martin, Scott Mcleod

Thomas J. Brumm

In 2007, a Virtual Education Center for Biorenewable Resources was initiated that offered three distance education courses, one being Biorenewable Resources and Technology (BRT) 501 – Fundamentals of Biorenewable Resources and Technology, the subject of this study. The primary objective was to determine if course delivery method (video lecture format and the other in menu-driven auto-tutorial presentations (MDAP) deliv¬ered via Flash format), student major (agricultural and non-agricultural), and gender influence online student learning in BRT 501. We found that BRT 501 student performance was not significantly impacted by module delivery method. Students with agricultural majors were outperformed by students with ...


Philosophical And Educational Perspectives On Engineering And Technological Literacy, Iv, John Heywood, Suzanne Keilson, Aaron Krawitz, Sheila Tobias, James Trevelyan, Alan Cheville, John Krupczak, Tom Siller, Mani Mina, David E. Drew, Sergey V. Sychov 2017 Trinity College

Philosophical And Educational Perspectives On Engineering And Technological Literacy, Iv, John Heywood, Suzanne Keilson, Aaron Krawitz, Sheila Tobias, James Trevelyan, Alan Cheville, John Krupczak, Tom Siller, Mani Mina, David E. Drew, Sergey V. Sychov

Mani Mina

In this fourth edition of Philosophical Perspectives on Engineering and Technological Literacy, the divisional publication of the Technological and Engineering Literacy and Philosophy of Engineering (TELPhE) Division of ASEE, is trying a new format. Over the years members of the division have noted that many of us keep coming back to the annual ASEE conference year after year not only for the technical papers, but the deep and wide-ranging conversations that crop up organically and spontaneously at the conference like flowers in the desert after a rain. This may be an appropriate metaphor since within our own academic institutions the ...


Collaborative Research: Ehr Core: Exploring The Emotional And Motivational Lives Of Undergraduate Engineering Students, Idalis Villanueva 2017 Utah State University

Collaborative Research: Ehr Core: Exploring The Emotional And Motivational Lives Of Undergraduate Engineering Students, Idalis Villanueva

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Military Veterans Affinity Group Program: A Proactive Intervention For Transition To Higher Education, Steven D. Bell, Matthew E. Harvey, Steven A. Freeman 2017 Iowa State University

Military Veterans Affinity Group Program: A Proactive Intervention For Transition To Higher Education, Steven D. Bell, Matthew E. Harvey, Steven A. Freeman

Steven A. Freeman

Attendees will gain an understanding of the needs of the returning military veteran and how those needs are addressed through the implementation of the Affinity Group Program. Though specific to an academic degree program and industry career opportunity, this program is suitable for use in its adaptability for meeting the unique requirements of many higher education/career pathways. The outcomes and lessons learned will be disseminated with intent to stimulate replication.


Case Study: The Importance Of The Assessment Technique In Chemical Safety Training On A College Campus, James H. Withers, Steven A. Freeman 2017 Danfoss

Case Study: The Importance Of The Assessment Technique In Chemical Safety Training On A College Campus, James H. Withers, Steven A. Freeman

Steven A. Freeman

Safety training is an integral part of every organization's overall safety program. A variety of delivery methods are used to conduct training with the most common learning outcome being performance on a written exam. The safety professional must consider numerous issues when composing a written exam, including question design and exam difficulty, to establish a meaningful passing level and to assess overall training effectiveness. A research study was undertaken to further explore issues related to question design and exam difficulty relative to a chemical safety course offered in both classroom- and computer-based formats on a college campus. The objectives ...


Examining The Use Of Engineering Internship Workplace Competency Assessments For Continuous Improvement, Mark A. Laingen, Steven A. Freeman, Thomas J. Brumm, Mack Shelley 2017 Illinois State University

Examining The Use Of Engineering Internship Workplace Competency Assessments For Continuous Improvement, Mark A. Laingen, Steven A. Freeman, Thomas J. Brumm, Mack Shelley

Steven A. Freeman

This study explored how workplace competency assessment data from internship studentsand their supervisors, collected by College of Engineering programs between fall 2001 throughfall 2011 are applied toward continuous improvement practices. The continuous improvementprocess is integral to the accreditation and evaluation of the engineering curriculum. This mixedmethods study examined three separate practices using internship workplace competencyassessment ratings in the continuous improvement process. The study examined how assessmentrankings of the internship students’ workplace competency strengths and weakness have changedfrom the 2001-05 assessment terms in the past accreditation cycle, to the 2006-11 assessmentterms of the most recent accreditation cycle. In addition, this study ...


An Agricultural Harvest Knowledge Survey To Distinguish Types Of Expertise, Chase Meusel, Chase Grimm, Stephen B. Gilbert, Greg R. Luecke 2017 Iowa State University

An Agricultural Harvest Knowledge Survey To Distinguish Types Of Expertise, Chase Meusel, Chase Grimm, Stephen B. Gilbert, Greg R. Luecke

Stephen B. Gilbert

Gaining insight into the unique characteristics of participants during user research is a valuable tool for both recruitment and understanding differences within the target population. This work describes an agricultural harvest knowledge survey that was created for user research studies that observed experienced combine operators driving a combine simulator in virtual crop fields. Two variations of the survey were designed, utilized, and evaluated in two separate studies. Both studies found a difference between low and high knowledge operators' performance on the knowledge survey in addition to performance differences. Based on the success of this survey as a population segmentation tool ...


Staticstutor: Free Body Diagram Tutor For Problem Framing, Enruo Guo, Stephen B. Gilbert, John K. Jackman, Gloria Starns, Matthew Hagge, LeAnn Faidley, Mostafa Amin-Naseri 2017 Iowa State University

Staticstutor: Free Body Diagram Tutor For Problem Framing, Enruo Guo, Stephen B. Gilbert, John K. Jackman, Gloria Starns, Matthew Hagge, Leann Faidley, Mostafa Amin-Naseri

Stephen B. Gilbert

While intelligent tutoring systems have been designed to teach freebody diagrams, existing software often forces students to define variables and equations that may not be necessary for conceptual understanding during the problem framing stage. StaticsTutor was developed to analyze solutions from a student-drawn diagram and recognize misconceptions at the earliest stages of problem framing, without requiring numerical force values or the need to provide equilibrium equations. Preliminary results with 81 undergraduates showed that it detects several frequent misconceptions in statics and that students are interested in using it, though they have suggestions for improvement. This research offers insights in the ...


Convocons: A Tool For Building Affinity Among Distributed Team Members, Michael Oren, Stephen B. Gilbert 2017 Iowa State University

Convocons: A Tool For Building Affinity Among Distributed Team Members, Michael Oren, Stephen B. Gilbert

Stephen B. Gilbert

In this paper we present the result of a user interface designed to increase social affinity between two remote collaborators working on design tasks. The results suggest that the tool is successful in creating an overall affinity that is 14.6% higher than the control group without adding a significant difference in task completion time. Affinity is measured with a framework with demonstrated inter-rater reliability using codes assigned to specific conversational patterns and video recorded interactions. This research approach provides a platform for future work codifying affinity and trust among larger numbers of remote collaborators.


Students' Perception Of The Flipped Classroom In Graphical Communications, Lulu Sun 2017 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

Students' Perception Of The Flipped Classroom In Graphical Communications, Lulu Sun

Lulu Sun

The flipped classroom requires students to study concepts before the class, apply what they learn in the classroom, and work with other students, which then makes it possible to get immediate feedback from the instructor. However, the student’s perception of the flipped classroom is not widely investigated in the area of engineering graphics. This paper presents a study of the flipped classroom in a Graphical Communications course. Students are required to study course material online before the face-to-face classroom experience. The online course study includes multimedia materials and an online quiz that they are required to take. The results ...


Implementation And Evaluation Of A Second Language Acquisition-Based Programming Course, Christina Frederick, Lulu Sun, Caroline Liron, Matthew A. Verleger, Rachel Cunningham, Paula S. Espejo 2017 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

Implementation And Evaluation Of A Second Language Acquisition-Based Programming Course, Christina Frederick, Lulu Sun, Caroline Liron, Matthew A. Verleger, Rachel Cunningham, Paula S. Espejo

Lulu Sun

This paper describes initial findings of an NSF funded project under the Research Initiation Grant in Engineering Education (RIGEE) program. The RIGEE program is a multidisciplinary program focused on developing innovative, implementing and assessing innovative programs that enhance engineering education. The project applied theory and methods of second language acquisition (SLA) to teach an introductory programming course in engineering. The project is a two year long project implemented in multiple sections of an introductory programming class at a technological university, and assessed throughout implementation. It included a component whereby student assistants participated in project development and implementation, and were mentored ...


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