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Goldstein, Molly H.; Purzer, Senay; Adams, Robin S.; Chao, Jie; Xie, Charles – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2019
Although reflection is a key behaviour of expert designers, it is often a challenging task for new designers. In addition, research on the reflectivity of student designers is limited. The purpose of this study is twofold: (1) to identify the levels of reflectivity while designing, and (2) to study the relationship between reflectivity and…
Descriptors: High School Students, Reflection, Design, Engineering
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Holland, Dónal P.; Walsh, Conor J.; Bennett, Gareth J. – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2019
The interpretation and reuse of previous design solutions, or precedents, is central to design. This paper describes qualitative research conducted over three years at two institutions, aimed at investigating the role of design knowledge re-use in project-based mechanical design courses. Research data were collected through participant…
Descriptors: Design, Knowledge Level, Engineering Education, Foreign Countries
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Minichiello, Angela; Marx, Sherry; McNeill, Laurie; Hailey, Christine – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2019
While textbooks serve as a primary source of content material and problem-solving practice for undergraduates in engineering, studies that investigate how engineering students prepare assignments based on textbook problems are limited. To examine how engineering students complete textbook-based assignments outside of class, this exploratory…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Study Habits, Engineering Education, Homework
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Carstensen, Anna-Karin; Bernhard, Jonte – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2019
Modelling is a central activity in practical engineering and something that is also useful in engineering education research (EER). Additionally, qualitative research methods have found important applications in engineering research, although their use in EER has not always been widely accepted. Design science research is a qualitative research…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Design, Scientific Research, Teaching Methods
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Shekhar, Prateek; Prince, Michael; Finelli, Cynthia; Demonbrun, Matt; Waters, Cynthia – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2019
Engineering education researchers are increasingly integrating qualitative and quantitative research methods to study learning and retention in engineering. While quantitative methods can provide generalisable results, qualitative methods generate rich, descriptive understanding of the investigated phenomenon. On the other hand, a mixed methods…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Resistance (Psychology), Active Learning, Undergraduate Students
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Hira, Avneet; Hynes, Morgan M. – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2019
This paper presents a design-based research project undertaken to test and implement an interest-based engineering challenges framework for pre-college students. This work is motivated by the need for innovative engineering education practices in pre-college settings, and making engineering more inclusive for people from diverse backgrounds. The…
Descriptors: Research Design, Engineering Education, Student Attitudes, Problem Solving
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Seniuk Cicek, Jillian; Ingram, Sandra; Friesen, Marcia; Ruth, Douglas – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2019
An engineering professor of a first-year thermodynamics course and a PhD student with a focus in engineering education in a large research university in Canada participated in an ethnographic action research study with the intention of increasing active learning in the classroom to enhance student engagement and learning. Unexpected findings…
Descriptors: Action Research, Transformative Learning, College Faculty, Engineering Education
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Goncher, Andrea M.; Boles, Wageeh – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2019
Concept inventories (CIs) are assessment instruments designed to measure students' conceptual understanding of fundamental concepts in particular fields. CIs utilise multiple-choice questions (MCQs), and specifically designed response selections, to help identify misconceptions. One shortcoming of this assessment instrument is that it fails to…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Misconceptions, Concept Formation, Evaluation Methods
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Goldsmith, Rosalie; Willey, Keith; Boud, David – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2019
Writing practices are seen to be essential for professional engineers, yet many engineering students and academics struggle with written communication, despite years of interventions to improve student writing. Much has been written about the importance of getting engineering students to write, but there has been a little investigation of…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Foreign Countries, Writing Instruction, Writing Strategies
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Khan, Asiya; Schoenborn, Priska; Sharma, Sanjay – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2019
This paper presents results from a small-scale study of third-year Instrumentation and Control Engineering (n = 37) at the University of Plymouth. The aim of the study was to enhance student learning and increase participation via the use of clickers. Clickers allow for student participation anonymously. The lecture content was modified to embed…
Descriptors: Audience Response Systems, Engineering Education, Academic Achievement, Learner Engagement
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Shawcross, Judith K.; Ridgman, Tom W. – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2019
This paper reports on a study aiming to develop theory and improve practice within an Engineering Education context. The focus is on the development of students' graduate-level work skills during Higher Education programmes and a specific practice example provided an ideal study opportunity. Engaged Scholarship, a research approach from Management…
Descriptors: Theory Practice Relationship, Engineering Education, Graduate Students, Skill Development
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Borgford-Parnell, Jim; Turns, Jennifer; Atman, Cynthia J.; Yasuhara, Ken; Fryhle, Lauren – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2019
Although engineering educational endeavours are often described with regard to how well they prepare students to meet national or global engineering concerns, the purpose of this paper is to show how those efforts can also serve the larger educational goals of the educators themselves as they develop learning experiences for their students. This…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Learning Experience, Engineering Education, Teacher Attitudes
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Veurink, Norma L.; Sorby, Sheryl A. – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2019
Three-dimensional spatial skills are a cognitive ability that have been shown to predict success in engineering. Michigan Tech has been offering a course to help students improve their 3-D spatial skills for more than two decades. In previous studies, students who failed a rotations test and enrolled in the course performed better on a number of…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Spatial Ability, Engineering Education, Cognitive Ability
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Buckley, Jeffrey; Seery, Niall; Canty, Donal – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2019
A substantial degree of empirical evidence has illustrated the correlation between spatial skills and performance in engineering education. This evidence has been foundational in the construction of educational interventions which have resulted in both increased levels of spatial ability and increased educational performance and retention.…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Engineering Education, Intervention, Academic Achievement
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DeBoer, Jennifer; Haney, Casey; Atiq, S. Zahra; Smith, Casey; Cox, David – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2019
A shortcoming of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is the lack of substantive integration of hands-on activities into online classrooms. We conducted a randomised control trial (RCT) in a MOOC where we sent the treatment group at-home lab kits with which they could perform experiments in their own homes. In our intervention research, we found…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Hands on Science, Electronic Learning
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