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ERIC Number: ED552824
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 252
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3030-0202-1
A Process Analysis of Engineering Problem Solving and Assessment of Problem Solving Skills
Grigg, Sarah J.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Clemson University
In the engineering profession, one of the most critical skills to possess is accurate and efficient problem solving. Thus, engineering educators should strive to help students develop skills needed to become competent problem solvers. In order to measure the development of skills, it is necessary to assess student performance, identify any deficiencies present in problem solving attempts, and identify trends in performance over time. Through iterative assessment using standard assessment metrics, researchers/instructors are able to track trends in problem solving performance across time, which can serve as a gauge of students' learning gains. This research endeavor studies the problem solving process of first year engineering students in order to assess how person and process factors influence problem-solving success. This research makes a contribution to the literature in engineering education by 1) providing a coding scheme that can be used to analyze problem solving attempts in terms of the process rather than just outcomes, 2) providing an assessment tool which can be used to measure performance along the seven stage problem solving cycle, and 3) describing the effects of person and process factors on problem solving performance. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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