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A Preliminary Study on Supporting Writing Transfer in an Introductory Engineering Laboratory Course

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





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NSF Grantees Poster Session I

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Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Dave Kim Washington State University, Vancouver

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Dr. Dave (Dae-Wook) Kim is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University Vancouver. He has 18 years of experience in engineering materials and manufacturing. His research area includes materials processing, structural integrity improvement, and hybrid composite manufacturing. He has been very active in pedagogical research and undergraduate research projects, and his research interests include manufacturing laboratory pedagogy and writing pedagogy.

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Praveen Kumar Sekhar Washington State University, Vancouver

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Engineering undergraduates are exposed to writing curricula such as first-year composition (FYC) in their early program of study. However, they often have difficulties meeting the expectations of writing in engineering courses. Our goal for this study is to improve engineering students’ writing performances through better understanding how writing transfer occurs and then applying pedagogical strategies designed to support writing transfer institution-wide. This poster reports preliminary data and findings on improving writing transfer for engineering undergraduates. Instructional materials for lab report informed by a rhetorical approach to writing were piloted in an introductory engineering laboratory course. The quality of students’ writing and their assessment scores were found to improve. Based on the data collected from student surveys and rhetorical analysis conducted on student writing artifacts (engineering lab reports), the summary of the rhetorical strategies that students successfully carry over and/or adapt as they move from FYC to an introductory engineering laboratory course will be shared. In addition, the students’ perspectives of writing transfer from FYC to the introductory engineering laboratory course will be discussed.

Kim, D., & Sekhar, P. K. (2016, June), A Preliminary Study on Supporting Writing Transfer in an Introductory Engineering Laboratory Course Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26404

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