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Viswanathan, Shekar – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2017
Final program projects (capstone course) in manufacturing design engineering technology at National University are intensive experiences in critical thinking and analysis, designed to broaden students' perspectives and provide an opportunity for integration of coursework in the area of manufacturing design engineering. This paper focuses on three…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Manufacturing, Design, Engineering Education
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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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Tendhar, Chosang; Paretti, Marie C.; Jones, Brett D. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2017
This study had three purposes and four hypotheses were tested. Three purposes: (1) To use hierarchical linear modeling (HLM) to investigate whether students' perceptions of their engineering career intentions changed over time; (2) To use HLM to test the effects of gender, engineering identification (the degree to which an individual values a…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Engineering, Engineering Education, Identification (Psychology)
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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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Bossart, Jean; Bharti, Neelam – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2017
Universities across the United States (U.S.) are perplexed as to why fewer women than men study engineering and why even fewer complete the curriculum and earn an undergraduate degree in engineering. The percentage of undergraduate engineering degrees awarded annually to women in the U.S. since 2000 has remained relatively constant at around 20%.…
Descriptors: Females, Engineering Education, Undergraduate Students, Majors (Students)
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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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Burkett, Susan; Dye, Tabatha; Johnson, Pauline – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2015
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges provides the theme for this NSFfunded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site. Research topics, with their broad societal impact, allow undergraduate students from multiple engineering disciplines and computer science to work together on exciting and critical problems. The…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, Student Research, Undergraduate Students
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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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Ortiz, Araceli Martinez; Sriraman, Vederaman – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2015
An institutional self-study at a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) explored factors thought to impact students' decisions to persist in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields of study. This self-study is presented as a model first step for Institutions of Higher Education interested in launching efforts to improve STEM…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, STEM Education, Academic Persistence, Hispanic American Students
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Ralston, Patricia A.; Bays, Cathy L. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2013
Faculty in a large, urban school of engineering designed a longitudinal study to assess the critical thinking skills of undergraduate students as they progressed through the engineering program. The Paul-Elder critical thinking framework was used to design course assignments and develop a holistic assessment rubric. The curriculum was re-designed…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Undergraduate Students, Engineering Education
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