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Improving Physics education among Engineering Technology students

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2017 ASEE Mid Atlantic Section Spring Conference


Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland

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April 7, 2017

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April 7, 2017

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April 8, 2017

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sunil Dehipawala Queensborough Community College

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Sunil Dehipawala received his B.S. degree from University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka and Ph.D from City University of New York. Currently, he is working as a faculty member at Queensborough Community College of CUNY.

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General Physics is a required course of Engineering Technology and Computer Technology program at Queensborough Community College. But often many students struggle to complete required physics courses successfully. During this study, we will present the change of their attitudes toward physics concepts after exposing various real life examples. Student groups of five each were given a Physics topic for exploration. Their task was to find many practical applications that apply the topic. At the end of the semester they presented their findings with basic theory of the topic to entire class. Other students were given a chance to evaluate their peers. In addition the project students were assessed regularly by quizzes, exams as well as student assessment of learning gains (SALG) and science learning attitude (CLASS) surveys. At the end of the semester cumulative final examination was given to assess all topics in the course. Comparisons of the student performance on their research project topic to other topics were done to effectiveness of this method.

Dehipawala, S. (2017, April), Improving Physics education among Engineering Technology students Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Mid Atlantic Section Spring Conference, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland. 10.18260/1-2--29259

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