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ERIC Number: EJ892976
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-2479
Making A Chemical Process Control Course an Inductive and Deductive Learning Experience
Silverstein, David L.; Osei-Prempeh, Gifty
Chemical Engineering Education, v44 n2 p119-126 Spr 2010
The preponderance of the evidence from the engineering education literature demonstrates that inductive teaching methods are more effective than deductive approaches. When students are already familiar with the fundamentals of a topic, however, deductive approaches may make more sense. This paper discusses the implementation of a combination of inductive and deductive laboratory exercises in senior-level process control course at the University of Kentucky Extended Campus Programs in Paducah, Kentucky. Several inductive laboratory experiments in process control are integrated into the course to enable students to make observations, draw conclusions, and establish relationships for specific cases. During subsequent lecture periods students formulate the observations they make into general relationships, many of which they later test in the laboratory when performing additional deductive exercises. Students in this course indicated an overall preference for deductive laboratory exercises, while subjective instructor assessment indicated improved learning from inductive exercises. Suggestions for successfully incorporating inductive process control experiments are provided.
Chemical Engineering Education, Chemical Engineering Division of ASEE. P.O. Box 142097, Gainesville, FL 32614. Tel: 352-392-0861; Fax: 352-392-0861; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky