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An Experience In Teaching Structures In Aeronautical, Mechanical And Civil Engineering, Applying The Experimental Methodology

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Conference

2001 Annual Conference

Location

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Publication Date

June 24, 2001

Start Date

June 24, 2001

End Date

June 27, 2001

ISSN

2153-5965

Page Count

9

Page Numbers

6.163.1 - 6.163.9

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https://peer.asee.org/9253

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Luis Ortiz

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Elisa Mestorino Bachofen

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Session 2526 Abstract 530

An Experience In Teaching Structures In Aeronautical, Mechanical And Civil Engineering, Applying The Experimental Methodology

Luis E. Ortiz, Elisa Mestorino Bachofen Universidad Tecnológica Nacional / Universidad de Morón Argentina

I. ABSTRACT

The purpose of this paper is to inform the results of applying the Experimental Method to improve teaching in Aeronautical, Mechanical and Civil Structures, at the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional (UTN) and Universidad de Morón, (UM), Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The proposed Experimental Method is framed in Kolb´s Learning Model. We have begun to apply progressively this Method in the Structures courses, of which we are professors.

The use of the Experimental Methodology helps to reorganize student´s knowledge, improving the connections between different concepts in different subjects, and puts them in contact with the resolution of engineering problems that will appear in their future professional activities.

We have also observed that this Method encourages students to deeper researches of the structural problems, thus helping them to achieve higher levels of knowledge as independent thinkers, according to Perry´s Model, with important savings in classroom time.

The Experimental Methodology was initially applied in Aeronautical Estructures at the UTN, and according with the results was expanded to Mechanical and Civil Estructures in the UM.

During 1999 the Argentine Federal Counsel of Deans of Engineering Schools (CONFEDI), adopted a similar criteria of the ABET 2000, in the Manual for Acreditation of Engineering Careers.

Regarding the Laboratories, this Manual recommends that students must acquire aptitudes to: design and improve components, systems and processes, plan and conduct investigations and experiments on their own, analyzing and expounding the results, stressing teamwork, which match the objectives of the Experimental Method.

After three years of progressively applying the Methodology described above, the obtained results, are prosperous and promising.

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Ortiz, L., & Bachofen, E. M. (2001, June), An Experience In Teaching Structures In Aeronautical, Mechanical And Civil Engineering, Applying The Experimental Methodology Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. https://peer.asee.org/9253

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