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ERIC Number: ED119976
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Novel Teaching Approach to Materials Science.
Bourgault, R. F.; And Others
The introductory materials science course at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Massachusetts), while still being regarded as in a state of evolution, has remained nearly constant for the past two years. Since the course is given each term, except summer, to 40-90 students of various disciplines, there has been ample opportunity for continual experimentation and evaluation. The course material is divided into ten units of work, each with its own objective containing several measurable behavioral statements. Each student is allowed to proceed at that individual's own pace and, when ready, to be evaluated on each unit in sequence. Self-learning resources are listed with the unit objectives and include references to the "recommended" and "alternate" texts, suggested problems in each text, and designated numbers of specially made television tapes germane to the unit. Three regular class-meetings per week are scheduled. Evaluation and grading are based upon the results of a half-hour written assessment which is often called a "hurdle," followed by a ten to fifteen minute oral interview. A determination of "no pass" (0), "pass" (1), or "pass with distinction" (2) is made at that time from a combination of the written and oral evaluation. If students fail to pass, they repeat the unit. (LS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Society for Engineering Education (Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, June 16-19, 1975