ERIC Number: ED452751
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-11
Using an On-Line Tool To Investigate Chemical Engineering Seniors' Concept of the Design Process.
Streveler, Ruth A.; Miller, Ronald L.; Boyd, Thomas M.
In this study, multidimensional scaling (MDS) was used to measure how 23 chemical engineering seniors categorized key design terms at the beginning and end of a capstone design course. An on-line method was developed to collect the MDS data. The results suggest that some important design concepts were not well understood, even at the end of the semester. Results of the MDS cluster analysis were used to help indicate where students had accurate knowledge of engineering design and where their knowledge was incomplete. The instructional implications of these results are discussed. (Contains 3 figures and 12 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Seattle, WA, April 10-14, 2001).