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ERIC Number: EJ1037118
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-0957 7572
High School Student Modeling in the Engineering Design Process
Mentzer, Nathan; Huffman, Tanner; Thayer, Hilde
International Journal of Technology and Design Education, v24 n3 p293-316 Aug 2014
A diverse group of 20 high school students from four states in the US were individually provided with an engineering design challenge. Students chosen were in capstone engineering courses and had taken multiple engineering courses. As students considered the problem and developed a solution, observational data were recorded and artifacts collected. Quantitative methods were used to identify how students allocated their time across different types of modeling. Qualitative methods were used to review data from three students who spent substantial time engaged in graphical and two kinds of mathematical modeling. These students were profiled and their patterns of modeling are represented visually and described in context. Much of the modeling done by these 20 students was graphical in nature. Few students informed their thinking with mathematical representations, yet predictive mathematical modeling is essential to engineering design. Implications for the classroom include encouraging students to transfer understanding of science and mathematics into technology and engineering contexts through modeling.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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