ERIC Number: EJ1086336
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
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.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Hands on Science, Learning Modules, Mechanics (Physics), Heat, Worksheets, Laboratory Equipment, Science Laboratories, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation, Student Surveys, College Science, College Students, Chemical Engineering, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington
Grant or Contract Numbers: DUE0618872; 1023121; 1432674,; CBET0731230