July 26, 2021
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This study evaluated the effectiveness of a Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) review course in improving student confidence and performance for FE-style test questions on reinforced concrete and concrete materials topics. Data collected from students at one university in an FE review course were compared to students at two other universities in topic-specific courses. Student confidence was determined using initial and final surveys, and performance was assessed by evaluating answers to FE-style test questions administered in their courses. The FE review course improved perceived confidence on taking the overall FE exam and on the reinforced concrete and concrete materials questions for students exposed to the technical content for the second time. However, a greater increase in student confidence on topic-specific questions was observed for students taking a course on the topic for the first time. The FE review course also improved some students’ knowledge on concrete design and materials as measured by performance on FE-style test questions. However, students in the review course performed worse than students immersed in the topic for the first time on most of the assessed test questions. For students taking the FE review course, confidence and performance on FE-style test questions were not strongly correlated. An FE review course can increase preparedness, but gains are limited compared to a topic-specific course.
Swenty, M. K., & Shearer, C. R., & Dymond, B. Z., & Idewu, W. I. A. (2021, July), Does a Review Course Increase FE Exam Preparedness? Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/36991
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