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Implementation Of A Problem Finding And Problem Solving Oriented Engineering Experiment Course In A Large Class

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006



Conference Session

On Pedagogy of Lab Courses and Their Design

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Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

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11.719.1 - 11.719.15



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Nobuyuki Kitashoji Kanazawa Institute of Technology

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Dr.Eng., Assistant Professor
Practical Engineering Education Program
Nobuyuki Kitashoji is an assistant professor of the Division of Practical Engineering Education Program at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology in Japan.
He has been engaged in the problem-finding and problem-solving oriented engineering experiment course since 1999, endeavoring to improve a learning environment and textbooks so that students will be able to flexibly apply an experiment to deal with problems in any field.
He has experience in research in multiple fields, such as mechanical engineering, architectural environment engineering, aerosol and others.

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Eiichi Sentoku Kanazawa Institute of Technology

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Dr.Eng., Professor
Practical Engineering Education Program
Eiichi Sentoku is a professor of division of practical engineering education at the Kanazawa institute of technology in Japan. Dr. Sentoku carries out the foundation experiment education that it was assembled by "the problem-finding and problem-solving type education" to aim at the active technician education for six years.
He does hands on education for thirty years, and appreciates that education effect well.

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Implementation of a problem-finding and problem-solving oriented

engineering experiment course in a large class

Nobuyuki Kitashoji , Eiichi Sentoku Practical Engineering Education Program Kanazawa Institute of Technology 7-1 Ohgigaoka, Nonoichi, Ishikawa 921-8501, Japan


Fundamental Lab for Engineering ( FLE ) I, II and III at Kanazawa Institute of Technology ( KIT ) are mandatory engineering experiment courses for 1st and 2nd year undergraduate students. In 2005, approximately 1,700 students enrolled in the courses.

The main objective of the courses is to train students in fundamental experimental skills so that students will be able to use an experiment as a flexible tool for problem-finding and problem-solving in a self-directed manner.

To realize this objective, the curriculum has been designed to instruct them to go through the whole process of experimentation starting with finding a problem followed by conducting an experiment and ending with writing a report of the experiment, and to provide them with the opportunity to have hands-on experience in dealing with all skills of the "fundamentals of the experimental method" on a theme/problem.

In order to enhance learning outcome, team-based learning and poster sessions have been adopted. Several advantages have been found in a large class.

Large lab courses have been successfully organized using various measures including tight communication between instructors, individual counseling during lessons, and safety measures by both of instructors and students.

This paper introduces the curriculum, guidelines, examples of themes / problems that students have actually tackled, the advantages of a large class and how to organize a large class.

1. Introduction

Technological innovations that have been driven through the advancement of IT have been intense in recent years. As a result, knowledge and skills soon become obsolete and useless. Therefore, it is necessary to have the ability to update our knowledge and seek new knowledge and information. It is also vital to be capable of identifying themes or problems and finding solutions to these problems using our knowledge and information.

Kitashoji, N., & Sentoku, E. (2006, June), Implementation Of A Problem Finding And Problem Solving Oriented Engineering Experiment Course In A Large Class Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--783

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