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An Analysis of Emotional Fluctuation and Its Causes in the Productive Practice for Engineering Undergraduates: Based on the Case of an Engineering Major in China

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Understanding Student Development in Design

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Design in Engineering Education

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Jiaojiao Fu Beihang University Orcid 16x16

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Jiaojiao FU is a Ph.D. candidate in School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Beihang University Beijing, PRC. She received B.A. in China Agricultural University and M.Ed. in Beihang University, China. Her academic and research interests include engineering education, engineering ethics education, first-year engineering education, lifelong education. From April 2017 to October 2017, she will study in College of Engineering at the Ohio State University as a visiting student.

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Qing Lei Beihang University

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Qing Lei is a professor and the Director of Institute of Higher Education at Beihang University (BUAA), Beijing, China. He has conducted research as a senior visiting scholar in the School of Education at Indiana University in 2002 and in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University in 2014. From 1990 to 1995, he was the Associate Director of the Dean’s Office, BUAA. He received his Ph.D. in 2003, M.Ed. in 1990, and B.Eng. in 1986 from BUAA. His primary social affiliations include the Director of Chinese Academy of Engineering-BUAA Research Center for Engineering Education. He also served as the member of the executive committee for International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) from 2006 to 2008.

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Dongya Cheng Tibet University, Teachers College

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Dongya Cheng, an associate professor and a deputy director of Department of Education and Psychology of Teachers College, at Tibet University, Lhasa, China. His main research areas include education and psychological problems of the population in ethnic minority areas, as well as John Dewey's educational thoughts.In 2015,he received his D.Ed from Southwest University,Chongqing,China , M.Ed from Northwest Normal University,Lanzhou,China,B.Ed from Henan Normal University,Xinxiang,China.

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An Analysis of Emotional Fluctuation and its Causes in the Productive Practice for Engineering Undergraduates:Based on the Case of an Engineering Major in China

Abstract: Productive practice is a significant teaching link for engineering undergraduates in China. Through the analysis of prior literatures and observation, this paper puts forward an assumption that engineering students, as the main body of productive practice, express undulating feelings and emotions with days during the process of practice. In view of this assumption, and considering the previous researchers’ results that emotions have influence on students’ academic achievements and can predict their achievements, this paper intends to test and study undergraduate students’ emotional fluctuations in the productive practice and analyze related causes. Practice record diaries, interview, frequency statistics and changing curves have been used to collect and analyze students’ emotional expressions. These emotional expressions could be divided into two types: positive emotional words, such as happy, exciting, confident, inspired, satisfying, and well-informed, and negative emotional words including boring, tired, monotonous, confused, whiny, waste-of-time, among others. This paper is a result of a tracking investigation of undergraduate students from an engineering major in the summer semester. It demonstrates that the students’ emotional fluctuations are affected by time change, practice contents, accommodation and transportation arrangements, weather conditions and subjective initiative of the students. The paper also discusses the measures that could be taken to better the students’ emotions, so as to optimize productive practice effect.

Fu, J., & Lei, Q., & Cheng, D. (2017, June), An Analysis of Emotional Fluctuation and Its Causes in the Productive Practice for Engineering Undergraduates: Based on the Case of an Engineering Major in China Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--27547

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