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ERIC Number: ED018391
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Jan
Pages: 1
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ELECTRICAL SCIENCE COURSE FOR ENGINEERING COLLEGE SOPHOMORES, DEVELOPMENT OF AN INTEGRATED PROGRAM UTILIZING A BROAD RANGE OF MATERIALS. FINAL REPORT.
BALABANIAN, NORMAN; LEPAGE, WILBUR R.
THIS INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM, A ONE-YEAR COURSE IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING SEEKS TO REMEDY LONG-STANDING INADEQUACIES IN AMERICAN ENGINEERING EDUCATION, WHICH HAVE EXISTED BECAUSE ENGINEERING TEACHERS' HAVE LACKED AWARENESS OF (1) INTRICACIES OF THE LEARNING PROCESS, AND (2) ADVANCES IN BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE RELATED TO THE EDUCATIONAL PROCESS. IN THE DESIGN OF THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT, THREE BASIC ASSUMPTIONS WERE KEPT IN MIND--(1) STUDENT REACTION TO STIMULI IS DETERMINED BY HIS PERCEPTION OF THEM, AND THEIR MEANINGFULNESS TO HIM, (2) SELF-DISCOVERY, AND ASSIMILATION AND INTERPRETATION OF INFORMATION MUST ACCOMPANY THE INFORMATION RECEIVING PROCESS, AND (3) CONTINUAL FEEDBACK AND EVALUATION ARE ESSENTIAL. RATHER THAN BROADLY STATED OBJECTIVES, SPECIFIC OUTCOMES ARE DESCRIBED. THE STUDENT SHOULD ACQUIRE (1) KNOWLEDGE OF SCIENTIFIC FACTS AND PRINCIPLES, AND MATHEMATICAL LANGUAGE IN WHICH THEY ARE EXPRESSED, (2) PROFICIENCY IN RECOGNIZING AND APPLYING CONCEPTS AND MODELS, (3) SKILL IN EXPERIMENTATION AND EVALUATION TECHNIQUES, (4) A THOROUGH KNOWLEDGE OF THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD, (5) CREATIVE INSIGHT IN APPROACH TO NEW PROBLEMS, (6) UNDERSTANDING OF REAL ENGINEERING PROBLEMS IN THEIR IDENTIFICATION, APPROXIMATION, OPTIMIZATION, ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND LEGAL ASPECTS, AND (7) PERSONALITY TRAITS APPROPRIATE TO ENGINEERING, DEFINED AS INTELLECTUAL HONESTY AND ENTHUSIASM FOR DISCOVERY. IT IS POINTED OUT THAT TYPICALLY, MOST CONVENTIONAL ENGINEERING PROGRAMS GIVE MOST ATTENTION TO ONLY THE FIRST TWO OF THESE. THE APPROACH IS BASED HEAVILY UPON LEARNING THEORY, AND MUCH OF THE DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS WENT INTO PREPARATION OF MATERIALS THAT REFLECT A STUDENT-CENTERED PHILOSOPHY--(1) PROGRAMED TEXTS, (2) REFERENCE TEXTS, (3) PROGRAMED LECTURE NOTES, (4) FILMS, (5) PROBLEM SETS, (6) LABORATORY PROJECTS, AND (7) A SELF-EVALUATION MACHINE. A UNIQUE FEATURE IS THE USE OF PROGRAMED LECTURES, WHICH FREE THE STUDENT FROM NOTE-TAKING AND ALLOW HIM DIRECT CONTROL OF HIS COVERT RESPONSES. THIS DOCUMENT IS AVAILABLE FROM THE AUTHORS, SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY, DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, SYRACUSE, NEW YORK 13210. (DH)
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Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY. Dept. of Electrical Engineering.
Identifiers: Syracuse University NY