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Foutz, Timothy L. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2018
Educators have used argumentation to help students understand mathematical ideas which often appear abstract to the novice learner. A preliminary investigation was conducted to determine if collaborative argumentation is a strategy that can improve the student's conceptual understanding of the topics taught in the engineering course commonly…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Persuasive Discourse, Learning Strategies, College Students
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Turner, Mathew J.; Webster, Rustin D. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2017
This paper describes a student-centered approach to a power engineering technology course using the flipped or inverted classroom as well as active learning in the form of group discussions and team problem solving. The study compares student performance and perceptions of a traditional, teaching-centered classroom to two different flipped…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Student Centered Learning, Engineering Technology, Power Technology
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Desai, Niranjan; Stefanek, George – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2017
Student access to the Internet has made it much easier for students to find solutions to traditional homework problems online and thereby has made this traditional assessment method of monitoring student progress and gauging the assimilation of knowledge in engineering and technology courses less reliable. This paper presents an in-class,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Homework, Technology, Tests
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Ernst, Jeremy V.; Bowen, Bradley D.; Williams, Thomas O. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2016
Students identified as at-risk of non-academic continuation have a propensity toward lower academic self-efficacy than their peers (Lent, 2005). Within engineering, self-efficacy and confidence are major markers of university continuation and success (Lourens, 2014 Raelin, et al., 2014). This study explored academic learning self-efficacy specific…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, College Freshmen, Academic Achievement
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Honken, Nora; Ralston, Patricia A.; Tretter, Thomas R. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2016
Self-control has been related to positive student outcomes including academic performance of college students. Because of the critical nature of the first semester academic performance for engineering students in terms of retention and persistence in pursuing an engineering degree, this study investigated the relationship between freshmen…
Descriptors: Self Control, Engineering Education, Academic Achievement, Outcomes of Education
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Hargrove, S. Keith – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2015
The career pathways of deans in higher education seem to follow the traditional model in academia from a senior faculty position and/or department chair. This however may be different from deans in engineering education. The goal of this survey research is to assess the career paths of current Deans of Colleges/Schools of Engineering in the United…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, Deans, Labor Force Development
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Marra, Rose M.; Tsai, Chia-Lin; Bogue, Barbara; Pytel, Jean Landa – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2015
The need for educating engineers in the United States continues as the projected demand is rising the number of high school seniors planning to enter engineering careers has remained relatively stable (Sargent, 2014). Additionally, figures show that attrition rates in undergraduate engineering continue to be an area of concern, (Sargent, 2014;…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Engineering, Career Choice, Academic Achievement
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Ricks, Kenneth G.; Richardson, James A.; Stern, Harold P.; Taylor, Robert P.; Taylor, Ryan A. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2014
Retention and graduation rates for engineering disciplines are significantly lower than desired, and research literature offers many possible causes. Engineering learning communities provide the opportunity to study relationships among specific causes and to develop and evaluate activities designed to lessen their impact. This paper details an…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, School Holding Power, Academic Persistence, Engineering Education
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Podges, J. M.; Kommers, P. A. M.; Winnips, K.; van Joolingen, W. R. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2014
This study, undertaken at the Walter Sisulu University of Technology (WSU) in South Africa, describes how problem-based learning (PBL) affects the first year 'analog electronics course', when PBL and the lecturing mode is compared. Problems were designed to match real-life situations. Data between the experimental group and the control group that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Engineering, Engineering Education, Problem Based Learning
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Doolen, Toni L.; Biddlecombe, Erin – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2014
This study investigated the effect of cohort participation in a learning community and collaborative learning techniques on the success of first-year engineering students. Student success was measured as gains in knowledge, skills, and attitudes, student engagement, and persistence in engineering. The study group was comprised of students…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, College Freshmen, Cooperative Learning
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Sabag, N.; Kosolapov, S. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2012
This paper presents the outcomes of the preliminary survey in which the method of IFS was used to integrate motivating questions into the lecture presentations in order to increase the students' involvement. Instant Feedback System (IFS) enables the educators to improve their own teaching by getting instant and real-time feedback about how clear…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Engineering, Engineering Education, Feedback (Response)
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Zoabi, W.; Sabag, N.; Gero, A. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2012
Teaching abstract subjects to students studying towards a degree in electronics practical engineering (a degree between a technician and an engineer) requires didactic tools that enable understanding of issues without using advanced mathematics and physics. One basic issue is the BJT (Bipolar Junction Transistor) that requires preliminary…
Descriptors: Animation, Teaching Methods, Academic Achievement, Engineering Education
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Mazumder, Quamrul H. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2012
The use of technology such as laptop computers in the classroom has long been recognized as destructive behavior since it diverts a student's attention from course topics. However, it is conceivable that every student will be using some form of technology in the near future. Determining the effects of interactive software on students' learning…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Engineering Education, Active Learning, Computer Software
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Gourgey, Hannah; Asiabanpour, Bahram; Fenimore, Carol – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2010
The following paper culminates a year of research conducted by researchers at E[superscript 3] Alliance and Texas State University and sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The following reports on promising practices observed and reported at Manor New Tech High School (MNTH), a Texas Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (T-STEM)…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Vocational High Schools, STEM Education, Educational Practices
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Mazumder, Quamrul H. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2010
Engineering is a complex field of study. Declining enrollment in engineering programs in the United States is of concern and understanding the various factors that contribute to this decline is in order. Fostering a higher level of student engagement with the content may foster passion towards engineering which could increase academic competency…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Pretests Posttests, Engineering Education, Surveys