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Confidence – A Path to Mastering Challenges, Exploring Strategies to Strengthen students’ Confidence in Graphical Expression Through Transformative Experiences

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Visualization Within Engineering Design Graphics Education Session 2

Tagged Division

Engineering Design Graphics

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Page Numbers

26.392.1 - 26.392.9



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Monika Herrmann University of Wisconsin, Stout

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About the Author
Monika Herrmann is an assistant professor in the Engineering and Technology department at the University of Wisconsin Stout. She holds professional licenses in Architecture and Interior Architecture in Germany and the USA and is practicing in the design field for about 25 years.
Research interests include sustainability with an emphasis on building performance and on design strategies to accommodate aging in place and independent living. Her academic focus includes quality management in graphic communication in engineering and architecture.

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Confidence - A Path to Mastering ChallengeResearch that explores the most effective ways to train our bodies to become strong and tosucceed in competition, can inform the way we teach. Endurance and strength are the focus inpreparing muscles and hearts to perform exceptionally. In addition, the level of confidence aperson experiences in the ability to succeed, impacts the willingness to engage and persevere.Knowledge and skills can be assessed in a variety of formats – the level of confidence studentsdevelop in their abilities is not as easily captured and measured.This study is investigating if teaching methods that focus on developing students’ confidence andability of critical reflection can improve their willingness to meet challenge and to succeed intheir goals. Principles of transformational learning theory provide the back ground and structurefor the study. Students enrolled in an introductory engineering graphics course build “strength”through lectures and lab participation. Measures of “endurance’ are introduced through highintensity practice intervals and confronting challenges. Confidence is reinforced through regularself-reflections and consistent feedback. MethodologyStudents are presented with a list of concepts and activities that explain the objectives of thecourse - including qualities of work ethic like reliability, commitment, attention to detail andrespect for others. Students are using this list to document their progress in all categoriesthroughout the semester. Assignments and exercises combine the focus on these objectives andqualities. The study explores the relationship between metacognition and the comfort to facechallenge. Highlighting the capacity to “know what you know and know how to share it”. Assessment of StudyAt the beginning and end of the semester students are asked to participate in a survey addressingtheir confidence level in areas covered by the course and their perception of personal work ethic.In addition students determine their course outcome goal and reflect on the path of achievement.Data collection is based on student surveys and course outcome comparison. 

Herrmann, M. (2015, June), Confidence – A Path to Mastering Challenges, Exploring Strategies to Strengthen students’ Confidence in Graphical Expression Through Transformative Experiences Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23731

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