June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Design in Engineering Education
Project-based engineering programs, where technical learning is contextualized with a design project, provide an alternative to traditional engineering programs. Currently, one such upper-division program relies heavily on students’ pre-engineering coursework as part of the application process, which is usually taught in lectures and formal, pre-defined lab experiences. However, it is not clear that a student’s success in lecture-based courses would predict success in project-based courses. Thus, it is important to study the relationship between potential performance predictors and actual performance. Not only will this allow refinement of the selection criteria for such programs but it will also serve to inform those who are educating and advising potential applicants for these types of programs. This paper examines the relationship between students’ performance in their pre-engineering coursework and their performance in the upper-division project-based program. The correlations between student pre-engineering academic records and their upper division performance are reported and shown to be poor performance indicators for success in a project-based engineering program.
Chan, L., & Sleezer, R., & Swanson, J. J., & Ahrens, M., & Bates, R. A. (2017, June), Difficulty in Predicting Performance in a Project-Based Learning Program Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28179
ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2017 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015