June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
23.5.1 - 23.5.8
Teaching Theoretical Mechanical Engineering Classes Using Discovery Learning Techniques ME Interest Group AbstractDiscovery Learning is an extreme form of inductive teaching where students arepresented with a challenge and left to work out the solution mainly on their own. Theinstructor may provide feedback in response to students’ efforts but offers little direction.This form of inductive teaching has rarely been used in undergraduate classes. There islittle empirical evidence for its effectiveness in that setting.The paper discusses two different challenges, presented in the form of two projects, as apart of the Mechanism and Machine Theory class at University of California, Irvine,using the discovery learning approach. We compare the effectiveness of the discoverylearning approach between the two projects, based on empirical evidence and students’perceptions. In the end, the paper summarizes some of the lessons learned and plans forfuture activities using the discovery teaching/learning approach.
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