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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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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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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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Rao, Madhav; Lusth, John C.; Burkett, Susan L. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2015
Integrated circuit (IC) fabrication principles is an elective course in a senior undergraduate and early graduate student's curriculum. Over the years, the semiconductor industry relies heavily on students with developed expertise in the area of fabrication techniques, learned in an IC fabrication theory and laboratory course. The theory course…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Introductory Courses, Manufacturing, Electronic Equipment
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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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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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Wu, Bin; Abad, Jorge – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2014
This paper reports a problem-based learning model for the training of university students in the area of industrial energy efficiency, and discusses its context, contents, and the results from its implementation. The impact has been significant, with hundreds of university graduates trained and many of them now working in industry, leading their…
Descriptors: Energy, Energy Education, Labor Force Development, Problem Based Learning
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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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Ernst, Jeremy V.; Bowen, Bradley – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2014
This study explored how freshman engineering students utilized career awareness developmental opportunities prior to entry into post-secondary academics. Specifically, the study delved into separations and distinctions among students at-risk of non-continuation due to matriculation concerns and students non at-risk. Founded on the amended…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, College Freshmen, Career Awareness
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Sun, Yan; Strobel, Johannes – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2014
The present study sought to reveal how elementary teachers develop their engineering pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) after leaving professional development programs to practice engineering teaching in real classroom settings. Participants of this study were the elementary teachers who received one-week training of engineering education…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Engineering Education, Faculty Development
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Burkett, Susan L.; Kotru, Sushma; Lusth, John C.; McCallum, Debra; Dunlap, Sarah – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2014
Dunlap, The University of Alabama, USA ABSTRACT In the electrical and computer engineering (ECE) curriculum at The University of Alabama, freshmen are introduced to fundamental electrical concepts and units, DC circuit analysis techniques, operational amplifiers, circuit simulation, design, and professional ethics. The two credit course has both…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, Computer Science Education, Computer Science
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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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García, Rolando; Morales, Juan C.; Rivera, Gloribel – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2014
This paper describes a highly successful peer tutoring program that has resulted in an improvement in the passing rates of mathematics placement exams from 16% to 42%, on average. Statistical analyses were conducted using a Chi-Squared (?[superscript 2]) test for independence and the results were statistically significant (p-value much less than…
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, Engineering Education, College Students, Statistical Analysis
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