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Abet Outcome Assessment And Improvement Through The Capstone Design Course In An Industrial Engineering Curriculum, Leslie Potter, Shantha Esther Daniel, Devna F. Popejoy-Sheriff, Kyung J. Min Jun 2006

Abet Outcome Assessment And Improvement Through The Capstone Design Course In An Industrial Engineering Curriculum, Leslie Potter, Shantha Esther Daniel, Devna F. Popejoy-Sheriff, Kyung J. Min

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

In this paper, for the capstone design course, we first show how we demonstrate that our IE majors attain the ABET outcome items (c) and (h) where (c) is an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability and (h) is the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context. To achieve this, we utilize rubrics that are primarily filled out by the instructors and surveys that are filled out ...


Classroom Observation Data For District C: Momentary Time Sampling, Jeannette R. Olson, Anne Foegen Jan 2006

Classroom Observation Data For District C: Momentary Time Sampling, Jeannette R. Olson, Anne Foegen

Project AAIMS Technical Reports

This report documents the results of momentary time sampling observations conducted in District C during the fall of 2004. It identifies typical student and teacher behaviors, as well as typical instructional organization patterns and task formats in Algebra I classes in this district. We found that District C beginning algebra teachers devoted nearly equal amounts of class time to whole class and independent work. These teachers spent about one half of the time we observed engaged in talking to their students about algebra or listening to students’ questions or comments about the day’s lesson. Their students were assigned paper ...


Classroom Observation Data For District B: Momentary Time Sampling, Jeannette R. Olson, Anne Foegen Jan 2006

Classroom Observation Data For District B: Momentary Time Sampling, Jeannette R. Olson, Anne Foegen

Project AAIMS Technical Reports

This report documents the results of momentary time sampling observations conducted in District B during the fall of 2004. We summarize the results of eighteen classroom observations in six beginning algebra classes that included students with and without disabilities. It identifies typical student and teacher behaviors, as well as typical instructional organization patterns and task formats in a variety of beginning algebra classes in this district. In District B, there are two options for beginning algebra courses – Algebra I, which covers all the content for the course in one term, as well as Algebra IA and Algebra IB, which spreads ...


A Replication Study Of The Reliability, Criterion Validity And Sensitivity To Growth Of Two Algebra Progress Monitoring Measures, Serkan Perkmen, Anne Foegen, Jeannette R. Olson Jan 2006

A Replication Study Of The Reliability, Criterion Validity And Sensitivity To Growth Of Two Algebra Progress Monitoring Measures, Serkan Perkmen, Anne Foegen, Jeannette R. Olson

Project AAIMS Technical Reports

This study served as a replication of previous work examining the reliability, validity, and sensitivity to growth of the Basic Skills and the Content-Analysis-Multiple Choice probes in two Iowa schools districts. One hundred five students in grades nine to twelve participated in the study. Data were gathered from February 2006 to April 2006. Over three months of data collection, students completed two Basic Skills probes and two Content Analysis-Multiple Choice probes each month. We examined the alternate form reliability and test-retest reliability for both types of probes. We found that both types of probes possessed adequate levels of reliability, with ...


Reliability, Criterion Validity And Sensitivity To Growth: Extending Work On Two Algebra Progress Monitoring Measures, Serkan Perkmen, Anne Foegen, Jeannette R. Olson Jan 2006

Reliability, Criterion Validity And Sensitivity To Growth: Extending Work On Two Algebra Progress Monitoring Measures, Serkan Perkmen, Anne Foegen, Jeannette R. Olson

Project AAIMS Technical Reports

This report is intended to extend previous work examining the reliability and validity of the Basic Skills and the Content-Analysis-Multiple Choice probes in two Iowa schools districts and to explore the use of the measures for monitoring student progress. One hundred thirty five students in grades nine to twelve participated in the study. Data were gathered from September 2005 to January 2006. Over four months of data collection, students completed two Basic Skills probes and two Content Analysis-Multiple Choice probes each month. We assessed the alternate form reliability and test-retest reliability of both types of probes. Our findings revealed that ...


Technical Characteristics Of Two Algebra Progress Monitoring Measures: Reliability, Criterion Validity And Sensitivity To Growth, Serkan Perkmen, Anne Foegen, Jeannette R. Olson Jan 2006

Technical Characteristics Of Two Algebra Progress Monitoring Measures: Reliability, Criterion Validity And Sensitivity To Growth, Serkan Perkmen, Anne Foegen, Jeannette R. Olson

Project AAIMS Technical Reports

The primary purpose of this study was to investigate the reliability, validity of Algebra Foundations and Content Analysis-Multiple probes and to examine the utility of these probes in monitoring student progress over a full school year. In addition, we also examined the use of a third type of probe, Basic Skills, with a small number of students. Our findings revealed that both the Algebra Foundations and Content Analysis-Multiple Choice probes possessed adequate levels of alternate form and test-retest reliability. We examined two types of validity: concurrent and predictive validity. Concurrent validity was assessed by investigating the relationship between probe scores ...


Web-Based Implementation Of Discrete Mathematics, Tanzy Love, Fritz Keinert, Mack C. Shelley Ii Jan 2006

Web-Based Implementation Of Discrete Mathematics, Tanzy Love, Fritz Keinert, Mack C. Shelley Ii

Political Science Publications

The Department of Mathematics at Iowa State University teaches a freshman-level Discrete Mathematics course with total enrollment of about 1,800 students per year. The traditional format includes large lectures, with about 150 students each, taught by faculty and temporary instructors in two class sessions per week and recitation sections, with about 35 students each, taught once per week by a teaching assistant. In this format, the course experienced the standard academic problems associated with the multi-section large lecture format: over 30% D/F/Withdraw rates; lack of uniformity and inconsistency in course objectives, delivery, and testing; low student morale ...


An Exploratory Study Of The Use Of Two Algebra Progress Monitoring Measures To Evaluate Student Growth, Serkan Perkmen, Anne Foegen, Jeannette R. Olson Jan 2006

An Exploratory Study Of The Use Of Two Algebra Progress Monitoring Measures To Evaluate Student Growth, Serkan Perkmen, Anne Foegen, Jeannette R. Olson

Project AAIMS Technical Reports

This study was a first attempt to examine the potential use of the two algebra progress monitoring measures as indicators of student growth in algebra proficiency. Three research questions are addressed in this study. (1) Do the progress monitoring measures demonstrate reliability and validity? (2) To what extent do two different types of probes reflect changes in student performance over an 8-week period? (3) Is the rate of student growth on either of the measures related to other indicators of student proficiency/growth in algebra?

Regarding the first research question, findings revealed that both types of probes possessed satisfactory levels ...


Winston Charter School: A Case Study Involving The Intersection Of External And Internal Accountability Mandates , Rebecca Susan Pitkin Jan 2006

Winston Charter School: A Case Study Involving The Intersection Of External And Internal Accountability Mandates , Rebecca Susan Pitkin

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Charter schools are a growing force within the school choice movement. Charter school law provides charter schools the freedom to innovate and maintain increased autonomy as long as internal and external accountability mandates are begin met. Despite the growing popularity of charter schools, little is known about charter schools in high stakes testing states and the way they negotiate the intersection of external accountability mandates and internal school mission. This qualitative case study examines a charter school for diverse students in an urban setting. The study describes the practices teachers and the head of school engage in to fulfill the ...


Instructional Computer Use By Coe Faculty In Turkey: Application Of Diffusion Of Innovations Theory , Ismail Sahin Jan 2006

Instructional Computer Use By Coe Faculty In Turkey: Application Of Diffusion Of Innovations Theory , Ismail Sahin

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this quantitative research study was to explore instructional computer use by faculty members in the College of Education (COE) at an Anatolian university in Turkey. The faculty members in the study reported low levels of use and expertise in instructional computer technologies. Variables that were analyzed for their influence with regard to the faculty members' use of computers for instructional purposes included demographic characteristics, computer expertise, computer access, barriers to computer access, attitude toward computer use, support for computer use, and adopter categories based on innovativeness. Variables that were found to be significantly correlated with faculty members ...


The Relationship Between Learner Characteristics And The Perception Of Distance Learning And Satisfaction With Web-Based Courses , Sami Sahin Jan 2006

The Relationship Between Learner Characteristics And The Perception Of Distance Learning And Satisfaction With Web-Based Courses , Sami Sahin

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Distance education and web-based courses are now mainstream in the U.S. higher education involving over 80% of four year public universities and growing (NCES, 2003). This study investigated the relationships between students' characteristics and their perception of web-based learning and satisfaction with distance learning in five Web-based undergraduate biology courses in a Midwestern university. This quantitative study surveyed 279 students and used multivariate statistical techniques. The online survey combined Kolb's (1984) Learning Styles Inventory and Walker's (2003) Distance Education Learning Environment Survey plus demographic questions. The study found that the three dimensions of Moore's Transactional Distance ...


An Assessment Of The Effectiveness Of Interaction In Distance Education Based On Student Satisfaction With The Learner-Centered Paradigm , Shu-Hui Hsieh Chang Jan 2006

An Assessment Of The Effectiveness Of Interaction In Distance Education Based On Student Satisfaction With The Learner-Centered Paradigm , Shu-Hui Hsieh Chang

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study examined whether there were relationships between students' perceptions of course-related interaction and their course satisfaction within the learner-centered paradigm in distance education. To study these relationships, the researcher developed the Students' Perceived Interaction Survey (SPIS) to examine nine separate hypotheses about the nature of course-related interaction. The variables tested included: student-instructor interaction, student-TA interaction, student-student interaction, student-content interaction, gender, academic classification, students' prior experiences with distance education in a partially online class setting, students' prior experiences with distance education in an entirely online class setting, and students' perceptions of the effectiveness of WebCT features in helping them learn ...


Perceptions And Practices Of Effective Distance Teaching: A Survey Of Faculty At Iowa State University , Ann Kathleen Bugler Jan 2006

Perceptions And Practices Of Effective Distance Teaching: A Survey Of Faculty At Iowa State University , Ann Kathleen Bugler

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study was conducted to examine the beliefs and practices of effective distance teaching by university faculty members and to compare distance teaching practices with face-to-face practices. An on-line survey using multiple choice and open-ended questions was distributed to a convenience sample of faculty members from a large, Midwestern university who taught at a distance between the spring of 2001 and the spring of 2005. Descriptive data were collected on demographics, beliefs, and practices of faculty members teaching at a distance. The response rate for this study was almost 64%. The results showed evidence that the faculty members were satisfied ...


Learning In Community: Student Perceptions And Experiences , Janice A. Wiersema Jan 2006

Learning In Community: Student Perceptions And Experiences , Janice A. Wiersema

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Beginning in the 2002-03 school year all teacher evaluators in the state of Iowa were required to take part in the then newly-created Iowa Evaluator Approval Training Program (IEATP). This program was designed to train evaluators in teacher evaluation based on the Iowa Teaching Standards and Criteria. For this study novice teachers from Iowa public schools were surveyed and asked questions regarding the five attributes of teacher evaluation using a modified Teacher Evaluation Profile (TEP), originally designed by Stiggins and Duke (1988). The attributes include the following topics, each defined through a number of different traits: (a) self as a ...


Participatory Instructional Design: A Contradiction In Terms?, Rema Nilakanta Jan 2006

Participatory Instructional Design: A Contradiction In Terms?, Rema Nilakanta

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation is an inquiry into the apparent absence of participatory approaches in instructional design (ID). It explores the question "what happens when ID becomes participatory?" with the help of three articles. The first article proposes a new approach in ID called Participatory ID, which incorporates principles and techniques of participatory design (PD), a software design approach that calls for genuine user involvement in the design, development, implementation, and maintenance of educational technology. Article 2 explores the feasibility of such an approach in higher education by studying an authentic case of participatory design and development of an electronic portfolio system ...


Computer-Mediated Communication In Higher Education: An Exploration Of Knowledge Construction , Mustafa Tuncay Saritas Jan 2006

Computer-Mediated Communication In Higher Education: An Exploration Of Knowledge Construction , Mustafa Tuncay Saritas

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Constructivist theories about knowledge construction emphasize that knowledge construction is more powerful and meaningful when it is actively built up by students through engaging in equilibrated exchanges and experiencing cognitive disequilibrium. From this perspective, knowledge construction is thought to be effective in learning environments where intense interactive discussions can take place, deeply held values are shared, and complex issues examined from multiple perspectives (Harasim, 1990). Computer-mediated communication, more specifically computer conferencing systems (CCS), has captured the interest of educators as an ideal tool to create this type of learning environment, featuring active, participative, and reflective learning;This study developed a ...


Remediating The Professional Classroom: The New Rhetoric Of Teaching And Learning , David Dean Fisher Jan 2006

Remediating The Professional Classroom: The New Rhetoric Of Teaching And Learning , David Dean Fisher

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The incarnation of many Internet-based courses is informed by traditional notions of classroom instruction, in which course/content management systems (CMSs) like WebCT and Blackboard are used to reproduce actions undertaken in brick-and-mortar classrooms. In this dissertation I argue that the way in which the CMS is configured and deployed can provide students with the sense that they are immersed in a social activity other than taking a college course. Elaborating on simulation-building methodologies, I show how we have created a CMS called MyCase that helps classroom instructors evoke and immerse students in discourse-demanding situations within several disciplines. This sense ...


Technology Integration For Teaching And Learning Spanish In Elementary Schools: Voices Of Designers, Teachers And Students , Eduardo García Villada Jan 2006

Technology Integration For Teaching And Learning Spanish In Elementary Schools: Voices Of Designers, Teachers And Students , Eduardo García Villada

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

A critical review of the literature on computer-assisted language learning (CALL) research between 1980 and 2005 indicates that no one in the field of foreign language at the elementary school (FLES) has identified what principles might be useful for practice-oriented CALL that is relevant for young learners, and that very little research had been published in the area. To fill this gap, a theoretical framework is proposed to design, evaluate, and use CALL materials for FLES, and the framework is tested in two studies.;The first was a phenomenological investigation of K-6 teachers' projects from a teachers' professional development program ...