ERIC Number: ED390322
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
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Instruments for Tuning Differing Courses: A Model of Professional Behavior and a Model of Common Aspects.
This paper describes the improvement of a series of lab courses in electrical engineering at the University of Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands. Five differing courses of lab classes (measuring instruments and network analysis, basic digital circuits, basic circuits of electronics, electronic functions, and physics measuring methods and systems) seemed unrelated to students, although in all classes one of the main objectives was to learn to experiment in a systematic way. Faculty, teaching assistants, and administrators in the department seemed unable to change the situation. A systematic approach to change was developed and implemented that focused on four aspects of professional behavior: rational use of knowledge; personal directed interaction with people; operationally obtaining some results; and fulfilling conditions by provision with means. This led to changes in the procedures used in lab write-ups and student notebooks, the development of a general lab guide, and regular meetings among faculty and teaching assistants in the five courses. An appendix contains the framework for lab write-ups. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Electrical Engineering; University of Twente (Netherlands)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).