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Board 36: A Concept Inventory for Functional Reasoning in Engineering Design

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Design in Engineering Education Division Poster Session

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Design in Engineering Education

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Michael J. Scott University of Illinois, Chicago

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Michael J. Scott is Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UIC, Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and Director of the Interdisciplinary Product Development Program.

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A concept inventory is being developed for functional reasoning in engineering design. A Delphi process used a panel of experts to identify and prioritize candidate concepts for inclusion in the concept inventory over several rounds of feedback. Concepts were selected on the basis of their relative difficulty for learners to understand and their perceived importance by the panel. For the top concepts, multiple choice questions are under development with distractor answers that pointed to expected misunderstandings. These questions are to be tested with groups of students from an introductory design course that covers functional reasoning, and the concept inventory will be created from the validated questions.

The development process diverged from a model process used previously to develop a concept inventory for thermodynamics. The peculiarities of this concept inventory development process and possible lessons for such development in general will be discussed.

Scott, M. J. (2019, June), Board 36: A Concept Inventory for Functional Reasoning in Engineering Design Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32331

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