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Board 390: Student Perceptions of Confidence in Learning and Teaching before and after Teaching Improvements

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Conference

2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Baltimore , Maryland

Publication Date

June 25, 2023

Start Date

June 25, 2023

End Date

June 28, 2023

Conference Session

NSF Grantees Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

Page Count

14

DOI

10.18260/1-2--43104

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https://peer.asee.org/43104

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140

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Sarah Lynn Orton P.E. University of Missouri, Columbia Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-7896-039X

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Dr. Orton is an associate professor in Civil Engineering and is an active member of the American Concrete Institute and the American Society of Civil Engineers. Dr. Orton also serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Civil and Environmental

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Fan Yu University of Missouri, Columbia

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Fan Yu is a doctoral student at the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is originally from China. Fan received her MS in Elementary Education Science and a graduate certificate in Curriculum Instruction.

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Lisa Y. Flores University of Missouri, Columbia

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Lisa Y. Flores, Ph.D. is a Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri. She has expertise in the career development of Latino/as and Latino/a immigrant issues and has 80 peer reviewed journal publications, 19 book chapters, and 1 co-e

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Abstract

As part of an overall research program investigating the impact of changes in teaching strategies on students' engineering social cognitions (self-efficacy and outcome expectations), this paper investigates students' confidence in their ability to learn and their instructor's ability to teach across 6 engineering courses. A group of 6 faculty formed a learning community focused on improved teaching strategies for their classes. The faculty chose selected strategies and implemented them in their classes. Surveys asked students to rank their confidence level in "their ability to learn" the specific class material and the instructor's "ability to teach" the class material using a sliding bar scale from 0-100. Surveys were conducted before and after the improvements to the teaching strategies at both the beginning and end of the semesters. The results of the surveys are compared before and after the teaching improvements, beginning to end of semester, per course, online to in-person, and per gender. In summary, the study found that while there was no significant difference in the control group, a decrease in students’ confidence to learn and in their confidence in their instructors’ ability to teach was observed in the treatment group. This decrease was also observed across specific courses and genders. Despite teaching improvements, students’ confidence decreased as they moved through the course material. Further research is needed to explore these findings and their implications for teaching strategies.

Orton, S. L., & Yu, F., & Flores, L. Y. (2023, June), Board 390: Student Perceptions of Confidence in Learning and Teaching before and after Teaching Improvements Paper presented at 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Baltimore , Maryland. 10.18260/1-2--43104

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