June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
NSF Grantees Poster Session
23.299.1 - 23.299.5
Collaboratively Developing Research-Based Curricular Materials to Improve Conceptual Understanding in Engineering EducationPedagogical changes arising from conceptual change research more often take the formof local hotspots of high effort rather than less intense broad changes in practices. Thepurpose of this paper is introduce a new project intended to catalyze a local, intense effortinto a mesoscale, less concentrated change in teaching practices in mechanics ofmaterials. Approximately 100 students will be interviewed to build on our existingresearch on student understanding of mechanics of materials. The end product willinclude characterizations of student understanding of all fundamental concepts in thisarea. Building on this research, pedagogical materials will be developed by a group ofapproximately 20 educators representing universities and community colleges in thenorthwest. The development of these materials will focus equally on their efficacy andadoptability. Additional ongoing research will result in easily adoptable curricularmaterials that account for the latest research findings. The expected outcomes of thisproject include: (1) Digitally and physically disseminated curricular materials withsupporting materials that can be implemented by any instructor to increase their students’conceptual understanding of mechanics of materials; (2) Adoption of the designedmaterials in at least 15 institutions, reaching thousands of undergraduate engineeringstudents each year; (3) Publication and presentations of the curricular materials includingseminars in at least 10 institutions; (4) An established researcher/instructor communitythat will develop, promote and disseminate future pedagogical interventions.
Brown, S. A., & Montfort, D. B., & Poor, C. J. (2013, June), Collaboratively Developing Research-Based Curricular Materials to Improve Conceptual Understanding in Engineering Education Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19313
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