New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
NSF Grantees Poster Session
Attrition is high among first year engineering students that are not calculus ready. These non-calculus ready students start college not only with the disadvantage of lacking proper calculus skills, but they also are not exposed to engineering concepts early in their education. These students tend to migrate out of engineering at higher rates in comparison with calculus ready students or leave college without finishing a degree. Most institutional efforts and resources are allocated to engineering students that are calculus ready.
This paper describes a course that was developed to teach critical thinking skills to non-calculus ready first year engineering students. The course implements the CDIO (conceive, design, implement and operate) educational framework to teach students engineering problem solving skills, while reinforcing their critical thinking skills. This paper summarizes the implementation of the course, the course material developed, and illustrates how critical thinking skills were measured in participants in the study. Administrators and Institutions in need for methods to increase the retention and graduation rate of non-calculus ready students will benefit from attending this presentation.
Santiago, L., & Pirkey, A. C., & Veeramachaneni, S. S. (2016, June), Critical Thinking Skills in First-Year Engineering Students Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26602
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