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A REU-Site Program for Engineering Education Research on Self-Regulated Learning

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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26.99.1 - 26.99.9



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Ning Fang Utah State University

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Ning Fang is a Professor in the College of Engineering at Utah State University, USA. He has taught a variety of courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels, such as engineering dynamics, metal machining, and design for manufacturing. His areas of interest include computer-assisted instructional technology, curricular reform in engineering education, the modeling and optimization of manufacturing processes, and lean product design. He earned his PhD, MS, and BS degrees in mechanical engineering and is the author of more than 60 technical papers published in refereed international journals and conference proceedings. He is a Senior Member of the Society for Manufacturing Engineering, a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a member of the American Society for Engineering Education.

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Oenardi Lawanto Utah State University

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Dr. Oenardi Lawanto is an associate professor in the Department of Engineering Education at Utah State University, USA. He received his B.S.E.E. from Iowa State University, his M.S.E.E. from the University of Dayton, and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before coming to Utah State, Dr. Lawanto taught and held several administrative positions at one large private university in Indonesia. He has developed and delivered numerous international workshops on student-centered learning and online learning-related topics during his service. Dr. Lawanto’s research interests include cognition, learning, and instruction, and online learning.

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Kurt Henry Becker Utah State University - Engineering Education

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Kurt Becker is the current director for the Center for Engineering Education Research (CEER) which examines innovative and effective engineering education practices as well as classroom technologies that advance learning and teaching in engineering. He is also working on National Science Foundation (NSF) funded projects exploring engineering design thinking. His areas of research include engineering design thinking, adult learning cognition, engineering education professional development and technical training. He has extensive international experience working on technical training and engineering educaton projects funded by the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, and U.S. Department of Labor, USAID. Countries where he has worked include Armenia, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, China, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, and Thailand. In addition, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses for the Department of Engineering Education at Utah State University.

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A REU-Site Program for Engineering Education Research on Self-Regulated LearningThe vast majority of NSF-funded REU Site programs focus on disciplinary research in Science,Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), such as research in mechanicalengineering, electrical engineering, mathematics, and physical sciences. REU Site programs thatfocus on engineering education research have not been made available until recently. In thispaper, we report the results of the 10-week summer REU Site program that focuses onengineering education research on self-regulated learning. The program, funded by the NSF-TUES Type 1 program, aims to motivate and retain talented undergraduates in STEM careers,particularly careers in teaching and STEM education research. This paper describes the overallframework and primary elements of the REU Site program, including: 1) recruitment andselection of REU participants; 2) REU research projects; and 3) workshop series and symposium.In 2014, we advertised the REU program via a variety of channels such as email distributions totargeted institutions, a variety of list serves, as well as personal contacts. We received nearly100 applications from across the country. Among the 76 complete applications, eightundergraduate students from eight institutions were selected to participate in the summer 2014program on the campus of our university. These students have diverse backgrounds in STEMfields and are from either 4-year or 2-year institutions.During the summer of 2014, REU students conducted four REU research projects. Each projectinvolved a faculty advisor, a graduate student mentor, and two REU students. These four REUresearch projects share a common intellectual focus: self-regulated learning in engineeringeducation. This paper describes the REU research projects and workshop series that was heldfor the REU students. The REU research projects included: 1) developing a self-regulationsurvey instrument for problem solving in engineering; 2) studying students’ meta-cognitivestrategies when learning engineering with computer simulation and animation; 3) studyingstudents’ self-efficacy, perception of engineering, and engineering interest in the context ofMathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA); and 4) developing an instrument forexploring engineering design knowing and thinking.The workshop series included: 1) self-regulation learning and its role in engineering education;2) responsible research; 3) developing an educational research question; 4) mixed methodsresearch methodologies with emphasis on qualitative method; and 5) educational data analysiswith SPSS.The results of formative and summative assessments of our REU Site Program are finallydescribed in the end of the paper.

Fang, N., & Lawanto, O., & Becker, K. H. (2015, June), A REU-Site Program for Engineering Education Research on Self-Regulated Learning Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23440

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