Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Technological and Engineering Literacy/Philosophy of Engineering
Freshmen engineering courses are considered to have a huge impact in the student’s perception of engineering and university education [1-4]. Primarily this is because freshmen courses are multifaceted: students form communities, learn introductory fundamentals and engage in developing critical thinking abilities. Besides these, often, students also find that several courses demand finding a single correct answer and thereafter they begin to develop learning patterns that enable them to find answers instead of critically thinking about problems.
Answer-based learning patterns are often representative of memorization and not in the best interest of student’s learning. They also affect the student’s growth and transition to higher learning stages as described in Bloom’s Taxonomy . To overcome these limitations, the focus of our freshman engineering course is to inculcate awareness within each student’s minds about his/her learning patterns, preferences and techniques. The motive is to enable each student to play their strength and build on their existing learning methods instead of training to do the bare minimum to satisfy the course requirements.
Our methods originate from Dewey’s extensive work on inquiry-based learning and other prior work [6-8]. Through the lab and in-class activities, students are engaged in a cycle of developing inquiries or questions about their own work or asked to raise questions on specific writing related to the field. These activities are designed to lead students into creating questions pertaining to their personal curiosity and at the same time reflecting and developing their personal “thinking” identities.
Ultimately, through the course of the semester, it is expected that the texture of the student’s inquiries improves with their learning capabilities. At the same time, the students become aware of their personal learning and thinking methods and may tend to apply them to higher level courses.
In our work we will present an evaluation of student’s inquiries, reflective writings and in-class discussions on the basis of the texture in the development of the problems, phenomenographic characteristics and different rhetorical trends. Through this work, it is expected that the importance of developing a “self-identity” for freshmen is recognized and adapted for upper level courses.
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Prabhu Gaunkar, N., & Mina, M. (2018, June), Developing Self-awareness in Learning Practices: Designing and Implementing a Survival Tool for Freshmen in Engineering Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30312
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