ERIC Number: EJ1213290
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Using Argumentation as a Learning Strategy to Improve Student Performance in Engineering Statics
Foutz, Timothy L.
European Journal of Engineering Education, v44 n3 p312-329 2019
Research suggests that a significant reason that a large number of students earn low grades in the fundamental engineering science course Statics is that they may be entering the course with incorrect conceptual knowledge of mathematics and physics. The self-explanation learning approach called collective argumentation helps k-12 students to understand their misconceptions of mathematical principles that often appear abstract to them. This study investigated collective argumentation as an instructional approach that helps engineering students identify and correct their misconceptions of topics taught in Statics. Results suggest that argumentation improves student performance as measured by grades earned on semester exams. Survey and focus group results suggest that students did not understand the argumentation process. Therefore, the students did not like using it as a learning approach.
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Learning Strategies, Engineering Education, Academic Achievement, College Students, College Faculty, Problem Solving, Teaching Methods, College Science, Course Evaluation, Grades (Scholastic), Questionnaires
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire