San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
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Are We Up to the Task of Confronting a Decline in Student Performance? A Panel Discussion Kathy Schmidt Jackson, Mark D. Maughmer, Wallace T. Fowler, and Robert H. BishopAcross the nation, we debate the current state of our students. Internationally our youths’educational standings are falling and by the time we get students into universities, are they readyfor the rigor and demands of collegiate learning? Two years ago at the ASEE 2009 Conference, apaper was presented entitled, “Is Student Performance Declining? A Look at 25 Years of Data.”The results found that there was a significant decrease in the difficulty level of the exams givento aerospace engineering students in the two courses examined. Often blame is placed on thestudents’ lack of perquisite knowledge and while that is a contributing factor, we believe theproblem is much deeper. While setting high standards is paramount to student achievement, werealize that you still have to teach so that students can succeed. How can you appropriatelychallenge and prepare the current generation of students without relaxing course content andrequirements? At question is what can and should be done to rectify this situation? In this paneldiscussion, several experienced engineering educational practitioners will consider and discussstrategies to help mitigate this confounding situation..
Jackson, K. S., & Maughmer, M. D., & Bishop, R. H., & Fowler, W. T. (2012, June), Are We Up to the Task of Confronting a Decline in Student Performance? A Panel Discussion Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/20965
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