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Toward A Theory Of Engineering Professorial Intentions: The Role Of Research Group Experiences, Brian A. Burt Aug 2018

Toward A Theory Of Engineering Professorial Intentions: The Role Of Research Group Experiences, Brian A. Burt

Education Publications

This article advances the Theoretical Model of Engineering Professorial Intentions to explain why individuals do or do not choose to pursue faculty careers. A 13-month ethnographic study of members of a diverse chemical engineering research group was conducted. The resulting theoretical model accounts for six emergent components that contribute to members’ identification with faculty careers: (1) social identities and personal factors; (2) sociocultural factors; (3) participation, interactions, and learning in research group experiences; (4) faculty prototype; (5) social comparisons; and (6) individual and institutional experiences. The article concludes with implications for further research and recommendations regarding mentoring and design of ...


It Takes A Village: The Role Of Emic And Etic Adaptive Strengths In The Persistence Of Black Men In Engineering Graduate Programs, Brian A. Burt, Krystal L. Williams, Gordon J. M. Palmer Aug 2018

It Takes A Village: The Role Of Emic And Etic Adaptive Strengths In The Persistence Of Black Men In Engineering Graduate Programs, Brian A. Burt, Krystal L. Williams, Gordon J. M. Palmer

Education Publications

Black men, underrepresented in engineering, constitute a missing segment of the population who could contribute to the global knowledge economy. To address this national concern, stakeholders need additional research on strategies that aid in Black men’s persistence. This study explores the experiences of 30 Black men in engineering graduate programs. Three factors are identified as helping them persist from year to year, and in many cases through completion of the doctorate: the role of family, spirituality and faith-based community, and undergraduate mentors. The article concludes with implications for future research and professional practice that may improve the experiences of ...


Data, Data Everywhere: Implications And Considerations, Matthew D. Pistilli Aug 2018

Data, Data Everywhere: Implications And Considerations, Matthew D. Pistilli

Iowa State University Articles and Manuscripts

Learning Analytics in Higher Education provides a foundational understanding of how learning analytics is defined, what barriers and opportunities exist, and how it can be used to improve practice, including strategic planning, course development, teaching pedagogy, and student assessment. Well-known contributors provide empirical, theoretical, and practical perspectives on the current use and future potential of learning analytics for student learning and data-driven decision-making, ways to effectively evaluate and research learning analytics, integration of learning analytics into practice, organizational barriers and opportunities for harnessing Big Data to create and support use of these tools, and ethical considerations related to privacy and ...


Combining Academics And Social Engagement: A Major-Specific Early Alert Method To Counter Student Attrition In Science, Technology, Engineering, And Mathematics, Andrew J. Sage, Cinzia Cervato, Ulrike Genschel, Craig Ogilvie Jun 2018

Combining Academics And Social Engagement: A Major-Specific Early Alert Method To Counter Student Attrition In Science, Technology, Engineering, And Mathematics, Andrew J. Sage, Cinzia Cervato, Ulrike Genschel, Craig Ogilvie

Geological and Atmospheric Sciences Publications

Students are most likely to leave science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors during their first year of college. We developed an analytic approach using random forests to identify at-risk students. This method is deployable midway through the first semester and accounts for academic preparation, early engagement in university life, and performance on midterm exams. By accounting for cognitive and noncognitive factors, our method achieves stronger predictive performance than would be possible using cognitive or noncognitive factors alone. We show that it is more difficult to predict whether students will leave STEM than whether they will leave the institution. More ...


Guiding Early And Often: Using Curricular And Learning Analytics To Shape Teaching, Learning, And Student Success In Gateway Courses, Matthew D. Pistilli, Gregory L. Heileman Dec 2017

Guiding Early And Often: Using Curricular And Learning Analytics To Shape Teaching, Learning, And Student Success In Gateway Courses, Matthew D. Pistilli, Gregory L. Heileman

Iowa State University Articles and Manuscripts

This chapter provides information on how the promise of analytics can be realized in gateway courses through a combination of good data science and the thoughtful application of outcomes to teaching and learning improvement efforts—especially with and among instructors.


Learner Analytics And Student Success Interventions, Matthew D. Pistilli Sep 2017

Learner Analytics And Student Success Interventions, Matthew D. Pistilli

Iowa State University Articles and Manuscripts

The implementation of analytics in support of student success requires effective use of feedback and interventions, as well as a system by which the use of feedback and institutional supports can be tracked and evaluated.


Examining The Use Of Engineering Internship Workplace Competency Assessments For Continuous Improvement, Mark A. Laingen, Steven A. Freeman, Thomas J. Brumm, Mack Shelley Jun 2015

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

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Presentations

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 ...


Determining Graduation Rates In Engineering For Community College Transfer Students Using Data Mining, Marcia Laugerman, Diane T. Rover, Mack C. Shelley, Steven K. Mickelson Jan 2015

Determining Graduation Rates In Engineering For Community College Transfer Students Using Data Mining, Marcia Laugerman, Diane T. Rover, Mack C. Shelley, Steven K. Mickelson

Political Science Publications

This study presents a unique synthesized set of data for community college students entering the university with the intention of earning a degree in engineering. Several cohorts of longitudinal data were combined with transcript-level data from both the community college and the university to measure graduation rates in engineering. The emphasis of the study is to determine academic variables that had significant correlations with graduation in engineering, and levels of these academic variables. The article also examines the utility of data mining methods for understanding the academic variables related to achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The practical purpose ...


Assessment And Evaluation Of Objectives And Outcomes For Continuous Improvement Of An Industrial Engineering Program, Kyung J. Min, John K. Jackman, Douglas D. Gemmill Jan 2013

Assessment And Evaluation Of Objectives And Outcomes For Continuous Improvement Of An Industrial Engineering Program, Kyung J. Min, John K. Jackman, Douglas D. Gemmill

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Publications

In recent years, ABET accreditation has placed a heavy emphasis not only on the assessment of objectives and outcomes, but also on the evaluation of them and subsequent efforts for continuous improvement based on such an evaluation. Currently, a plethora of assessment tools and conceptual frameworks notwithstanding, there exists a relative paucity of documented efforts on the actual evaluation and subsequent continuous improvement. In this paper, we first concretely (1) show how such assessment and evaluation can be deliberately and systematically conducted in the context of an Industrial Engineering program. We then (2) show how the results of the objectives ...


Holistic Student Professional Development In A Lean Manufacturing Course, Jacqulyn A. Baughman, Thomas J. Brumm Nov 2012

Holistic Student Professional Development In A Lean Manufacturing Course, Jacqulyn A. Baughman, Thomas J. Brumm

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Presentations

The audience will understand the need for a “holistic” student professional development approach using competency-assessment and backwards design. Specifically, the course design and approach can help provide U.S. manufacturers with the employees they need in order to implement and sustain a lean manufacturing structure vital for competitiveness.


Evaluating Program Outcomes Via Decision Making Simulations, Steven A. Freeman, Nir Keren Nov 2012

Evaluating Program Outcomes Via Decision Making Simulations, Steven A. Freeman, Nir Keren

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Presentations

Decision making-based methodology was proposed for evaluating program outcomes. The methodology was tested to measure the effect of safety enhancing curriculum on Safety Awareness, one of the 15 competencies ABE is using in program outcome evaluations. The results indicated a significant increase in safety awareness and shift in cognitive processes following implementation of the curriculum. Since ABE measures competencies via supervisory evaluation of graduates, the authors examine the opportunity of developing a longitudinal study for measuring the magnitude of impact of curriculum on outcomes at the workplace.


Student Professional Development: Competency-Based Learning And Assessment, Jacqulyn A. Baughman, Thomas J. Brumm Nov 2012

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

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Presentations

The audience will understand the need for student professional development, as well as, the role that competencies and the 360-degree feedback assessment process play. Additionally, a foundational framework for further research studies in competency-based learning and assessment will be presented.


A New Engineering Communications Course Based On A Professional Communications Process, Leslie Potter, John K. Jackman, Kyung J. Min, Matthew Search Jun 2008

A New Engineering Communications Course Based On A Professional Communications Process, Leslie Potter, John K. Jackman, Kyung J. Min, Matthew Search

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

Given the nationally recognized need to improve engineering students’ communication skills, a new engineering communication course was developed by the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering department at Iowa State University and offered in the Fall of 2007. Initial assessment results provide insight into student learning needs related to specific professional communication skills. The course is characterized by a high degree of interaction and formative assessment of students along with a unique core professional communication process consisting of (1) Analysis, (2) Formulation, (3) Creation, (4) Delivery, and (5) Assessment. Students participate in multimodal communication exercises that require ongoing practice and application ...


Effecting Improvement In An Industrial Engineering Program By Applying Outcome Assessment Results, Leslie Potter, Frank E. Peters, Kyung J. Min Jun 2007

Effecting Improvement In An Industrial Engineering Program By Applying Outcome Assessment Results, Leslie Potter, Frank E. Peters, Kyung J. Min

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

Soft skills and abilities such as ABET-specified outcome item (h) [the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context], which is mandated for all engineering programs, are difficult to assess, and difficult to improve. In this paper, in the context of Industrial Engineering, we show how such outcome items can be assessed and improved. We achieve this through a continuous improvement process via changes to the capstone design course and the creation of a Kaizen course, both of which emphasize qualities important to all vested interests, including students, industrial partners ...


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 ...


Home Schoolers In An Engineering/Education K12 Outreach Program, Lawrence Genalo, Jamie Gilchrist Jan 2006

Home Schoolers In An Engineering/Education K12 Outreach Program, Lawrence Genalo, Jamie Gilchrist

Materials Science and Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

The Toying With TechnologySM program (TWT) has been offered to preservice elementary and secondary teachers for ten years. This program is designed to explain the principles behind many of the technological innovations in wide use today. This is accomplished through hands-on laboratory experiences. This includes, but is not limited to, experiences with programming, global positioning systems, and biomedical engineering. This program uses engineering as a basis to teach math, science, technology and problem solving concepts.

This paper will describe the twelve week experience of a home schooled group engaged in the TWT program. Home schooling is a growing trend in ...


K12 Engineering Education Field Experience, Lawrence James Genalo, Celeste E. Ogren Jan 2005

K12 Engineering Education Field Experience, Lawrence James Genalo, Celeste E. Ogren

Materials Science and Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

Engineering faculty have offered an engineering literacy course entitled Toying With TechnologySM to elementary and secondary education majors for eight years. Studies have shown that students form many of their overall career and educational attitudes as early as elementary school. Schoolteachers who have an appreciation for technology will likely convey that appreciation to their students. This will, in turn, broaden the horizons of their students regarding the opportunities they may have regarding careers in scientific and engineering disciplines. This appreciation is achieved through various engineering activities, many of which involve LEGO© robotics. Providing field experiences for future teachers so they ...


Assessment Of Introduction To Engineering And Problem-Solving Course, Joni E. Spurlin, Jerome P. Lavelle, Mary Clare Robbins, Sarah A. Rajala Jun 2003

Assessment Of Introduction To Engineering And Problem-Solving Course, Joni E. Spurlin, Jerome P. Lavelle, Mary Clare Robbins, Sarah A. Rajala

Sarah A. Rajala

At North Carolina State University, the freshmen’s first course in engineering is E101, Introduction to Engineering and Problem-Solving. It is offered each fall to over 1,100 first year engineering students. In an effort to continuously improve the course, we put into place a plan to assess the course's learning outcomes. Assessment data collected in fall 2001 and fall 2002 through surveys, rubrics, and class assignments were evaluated to determine how well students met learning outcomes related to communication, teamwork, and problem-solving. This paper presents the assessment methods used in this course and provides examples of how the ...


The National Association Of Industrial Technology Certification Exam: Quality Control Assessment Using Item Response Theory And Classical Test Theory Methodologies , Douglas Lyle Mccue Jan 2003

The National Association Of Industrial Technology Certification Exam: Quality Control Assessment Using Item Response Theory And Classical Test Theory Methodologies , Douglas Lyle Mccue

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to analyze the quality of the National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT) certification examination quality control section, which contains forty items, using the methodologies of classical test theory (CTT) and item response theory (IRT). The ultimate goal of this research project is to evaluate the quality control portion of the NAIT certification exam by looking at the questions or items for errors. The project goal through this analysis was to identify the item problems and make recommendations to correct them.;The following conclusions were made based on a moderate sample of 996 examinees: (1 ...


Outcomes Assessment: Developing An Electronic Assessment Database As A Model For Collection And Analysis Of Data, Joni E. Spurlin, Sarah A. Rajala, Jerome P. Lavelle, O. Jerome Hoskins Jun 2002

Outcomes Assessment: Developing An Electronic Assessment Database As A Model For Collection And Analysis Of Data, Joni E. Spurlin, Sarah A. Rajala, Jerome P. Lavelle, O. Jerome Hoskins

Sarah A. Rajala

As the ABET process in each institution moves toward outcomes assessment, it pushes each program to develop and implement its outcome assessment plans. Assessment plans document how programs will gather data, interpret the findings, and use the results to make improvements in programs, curricula, and resources. The ABET team at North Carolina State University (faculty from each engineering discipline along with assessment-knowledgeable personnel) has developed a model that academic programs within the College of Engineering use to determine what data to gather, where to obtain the data, and what criteria may be most appropriate when interpreting the data. This paper ...


Development Of A Test Blueprint For The National Association Of Industrial Technology Certification Exam , Sheila Elaine Rowe Jan 2001

Development Of A Test Blueprint For The National Association Of Industrial Technology Certification Exam , Sheila Elaine Rowe

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The primary purpose of this study was to develop a test blueprint that would serve to identify core content, subject areas, and competencies needed to update the NAIT Certification Exam. The original certification program was established by the National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT) in 1991, and eight areas were identified: (1) Quality Control; (2) Production Planning and Control; (3) Industrial Supervision; (4) Industrial Finance and Accounting; (5) Industrial Safety; (6) Plant Layout and Material Handling; (7) Time And Motion Study; and (8) Industrial Communications. A prototype testing was conducted in an attempt to improve the reliability of the test ...


The Development Of A Computerized Version Of Vandenberg's Mental Rotation Test And The Effect Of Visuo-Spatial Working Memory Loading , Shawn Driftmier Strong Jan 1999

The Development Of A Computerized Version Of Vandenberg's Mental Rotation Test And The Effect Of Visuo-Spatial Working Memory Loading , Shawn Driftmier Strong

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation focused on the generation and evaluation of web-based versions of Vandenberg's Mental Rotation Test. Memory and spatial visualization theory were explored in relation to the addition of a visuo-spatial working memory component;Analysis of the data determined that there was a significant difference between scores on the MRT Computer and MRT Memory test. The addition of a visuo-spatial working memory component did significantly affect results at the .05 alpha level. Reliability and discrimination estimates were higher on the MRT Memory version. The computerization of the paper and pencil version on the MRT did not significantly effect scores ...


Internet Explorers: An Nsf Sponsored Internship, Ann K. Dieterich, Krishna Siddhanta Athreya, Lawrence Genalo Jan 1998

Internet Explorers: An Nsf Sponsored Internship, Ann K. Dieterich, Krishna Siddhanta Athreya, Lawrence Genalo

Materials Science and Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

Introduction Summer research internships were extended to twenty high school girls who had completed their junior year with the primary goal of increasing middle school girls' participation in science, engineering, and mathematics (SEM). The interns spent eight weeks during the summer of 1997 on the Iowa State University campus where they researched science and engineering topics, learned programming methods and developed SEM units for the Internet.

The summer research interns were directed by a team of four female undergraduate students who have demonstrated ability in computers, were trained in courseware development, and were majoring in SEM-related fields. A female graduate ...


Factors Influencing Teaching Effectiveness Of Industrial Education Teachers At Community College Level In The State Of Iowa, Onyendi Nwokoukwu Jan 1979

Factors Influencing Teaching Effectiveness Of Industrial Education Teachers At Community College Level In The State Of Iowa, Onyendi Nwokoukwu

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


An Assessment Of The Evaluation Needs Of Trade And Industrial And Technical Vocational Instructors, Donald William Leu Jan 1978

An Assessment Of The Evaluation Needs Of Trade And Industrial And Technical Vocational Instructors, Donald William Leu

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Factors Which Contribute To Motivation In Industrial Arts Laboratory Activities, Benedict Chinedo Ogwezi Jan 1978

Factors Which Contribute To Motivation In Industrial Arts Laboratory Activities, Benedict Chinedo Ogwezi

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Aviation Education In State Supported Four Year Colleges And Universities Of The United States, Burton Harrier Watkins Jan 1969

Aviation Education In State Supported Four Year Colleges And Universities Of The United States, Burton Harrier Watkins

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Industrial Arts Project Evaluation Guide Based On Quality Control Principles And Processes Used In Industry, Edison Ting Wai Wong Jan 1968

Industrial Arts Project Evaluation Guide Based On Quality Control Principles And Processes Used In Industry, Edison Ting Wai Wong

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


An Evaluation Of The Industrial Arts Program Of Clarion, Iowa, High School, William Elmer Hanson Jan 1957

An Evaluation Of The Industrial Arts Program Of Clarion, Iowa, High School, William Elmer Hanson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Curricular Needs Of Iowa High School Industrial Arts Students As Reported By Their Teachers, David Carl Bjorkquist Jan 1957

Curricular Needs Of Iowa High School Industrial Arts Students As Reported By Their Teachers, David Carl Bjorkquist

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.