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ERIC Number: EJ1086336
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1557-5284
Implementation of a Modular Hands-on Learning Pedagogy: Student Attitudes in a Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer Course
Burgher, J. K.; Finkel, D.; Adesope, O. O.; Van Wie, B. J.
Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, v16 n4 p44-54 Oct-Dec 2015
This study used a within-subjects experimental design to compare the effects of learning with lecture and hands-on desktop learning modules (DLMs) in a fluid mechanics and heat transfer class. The hands-on DLM implementation included the use of worksheets and one of two heat exchangers: an evaporative cooling device and a shell and tube heat exchanger. A survey was administered at the end of the course to assess student attitudes and self-identified conceptual understanding for the (DLMs) and lecture. Results indicate that 72% of students receiving the hands-on DLM treatment thought it helped more than lecture; of those receiving lecture, 40% thought that it helped more than the DLM to learn heat transfer concepts. With respect to conceptual understanding, 72% of students agreed they understand and can apply principles related to heat exchangers well, with 28% unsure of their own conceptual understanding. Nearly a third of the free responses indicate students also want lecture in the classroom, with a corollary that the DLMs are only effective after a foundation in heat transfer has been established. Thus, one practical implication of the study is that lectures should first be used to explicate concepts and provide a good foundation that can then be developed further through the use of modular DLMs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington
Grant or Contract Numbers: DUE0618872; 1023121; 1432674,; CBET0731230