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Spektor, Michael; Buchanan, Walter W.; Wolf, Lawrence – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2018
Mechanical engineering, mechanical engineering technology, and related educational programs are not addressing in a sufficient way the principles associated with applying analytical investigations in solving actual engineering problems. Because of this, graduates do not have the adequate skills required to use the methods of applied dynamics in…
Descriptors: Job Skills, Engineering Technology, Engineering Education, Concept Formation
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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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Moore, Kevin; Jones, Carol; Frazier, Robert Scott – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2017
Generation Z is gaining popularity as the name used to refer to those born beginning in the mid to late 1990s. This is the generation that follows the Millennials, and they are just starting to arrive on college campuses. Much attention has been paid to Millennials and their impact on society, and because of this Generation Z members are often…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Generational Differences, Student Needs, College Faculty
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Chyung, Seung Youn; Winiecki, Donald J.; Hunt, Gary; Sevier, Carol M. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2017
Team projects are increasingly used in engineering courses. Students may develop attitudes toward team projects from prior experience, and their attitudinal responses could influence their performance during team project-based learning in the future. Thus, instructors need to measure students' attitudes toward team projects during their learner…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Student Attitudes, Teamwork, Student Projects
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Yurtseven, M. Kudret; Buchanan, Walter W. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2016
Decision making in most universities is taught within the conventional OR/MS (Operations Research/Management Science) paradigm. This paradigm is known to be "hard" since it is consisted of mathematical tools, and normally suitable for solving structured problems. In complex situations the conventional OR/MS paradigm proves to be…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Models, Industrial Education, Engineering Education
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Kim, Charles; Jackson, Deborah; Keiller, Peter – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2016
A new, interdisciplinary, team-taught course has been designed to educate students in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) so that they can respond to global and urgent issues concerning computer control systems in nuclear power plants. This paper discusses our experience and assessment of the interdisciplinary computer and nuclear energy…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Teaching Methods, Facilities, Nuclear Energy
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Davidovitch, Nitza; Shiller, Zvi – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2016
This article presents a case study that illustrates the paradigmatic shift in higher education from content-centered teaching to learning-centered academic programs. This pragmatic change, triggered by the STEM movement, calls for the introduction of success measures in the course development process. The course described in this paper illustrates…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Majors (Students), Higher Education, Undergraduate Students
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Bai, Haiyan; Aman, Amjad; Xu, Yunjun; Orlovskaya, Nina; Zhou, Mingming – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2016
The purpose of this study is to assess the impact of a newly developed modules, Interactive Web-Based Visualization Tools for Gluing Undergraduate Fuel Cell Systems Courses system (IGLU), on learning motivations of engineering students using two samples (n[subscript 1] = 144 and n[subscript 2] = 135) from senior engineering classes. The…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Web Based Instruction, Teaching Methods, Multivariate Analysis
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Goodman, Kevin; Davis, Julian; McDonald, Thomas – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2016
In an effort to motivate undergraduate engineering students to prepare for class by reviewing material before lectures, a "Look-Ahead" problem was utilized. Students from two undergraduate engineering courses; Statics and Electronic Circuits, were assigned problems from course material that had not yet been covered in class. These…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Engineering Education, Assignments, Reading Assignments
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Mosley, Pauline; Ardito, Gerald; Scollins, Lauren – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2016
The principal purpose of this investigation is to study the effect of robotic cooperative learning methodologies on middle school students' critical thinking, and STEM interest. The semi-experimental inquiry consisted of ninety four six-grade students (forty nine students in the experimental group, forty five students in the control group), chosen…
Descriptors: Robotics, Cooperative Learning, Student Interests, STEM Education
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Pantoya, Michelle L.; Aguirre-Munoz, Zenaida; Hunt, Emily M. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2015
This project describes a strategy to introduce young children to engineering in a way that develops their engineering identity. The targeted age group is 3-7 year old students because they rarely experience purposeful engineering instruction. The curriculum was designed around an engineering storybook and included interactive academic discussions…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, Self Concept, Curriculum
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Welch, Karla Conn; Hieb, Jeffrey; Graham, James – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2015
Coursework that instills patterns of rigorous logical thought has long been a hallmark of the engineering curriculum. However, today's engineering students are expected to exhibit a wider range of thinking capabilities both to satisfy ABET requirements and to prepare the students to become successful practitioners. This paper presents the initial…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Teaching Methods, Engineering Education
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Ralston, Patricia A.; Bays, Cathy L. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2015
Critical thinking is considered a necessary learning outcome for all college students and essential for academic and career success. There are many challenges to developing a comprehensive approach to teaching and assessing critical thinking skills. Although the literature has many examples of the incorporation of critical thinking and assessment…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Engineering Education, Longitudinal Studies, Undergraduate Students
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Singer, Kerri Patrick; Foutz, Tim; Navarro, Maria; Thompson, Sidney – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2015
Engineers today need both engineering knowledge and social science knowledge to solve complex problems. However, most people have a traditional view of engineering as a field dominated by math and science foci, with little social consequence. This study examined and compared perceptions about engineering from Freshmen taking three different First…
Descriptors: Control Groups, College Freshmen, Engineering Education, Learning Theories
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Narayanan, Sowmya; Adithan, M. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2015
It is generally perceived that a substantial number of engineering faculty are still unaware of alternative educational methods, and many who are aware of them choose not to incorporate them into their approach to teaching. There are several likely reasons for this inertia, aside from the inevitable human resistance to change. The primary focus of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Engineering, Engineering Education, College Faculty
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