New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
This study is prompted by the university wide initiative to improve the students’ writing skills starting in early courses of their college education. Effective written communication skills are important for engineering education, and critical thinking is one of the most important aspects of the learning process at the college level. In this study we evaluate student perception on how technical writing assignments contribute to critical thinking. Introducing a technical paper writing assignment in lower division courses will help students be better prepared for major writing assignments in their upper division courses as well as for their capstone project. In this study a writing assignment is introduced in an Electrical Circuits course, for electrical engineering technology students. The main purpose of the assignment is to introduce students to paper writing and formatting, to learn about defining key-words and searching for references in the library data bases. At the end of the semester a survey is distributed to the students to evaluate their feedback regarding this assignment. The purpose of the survey is to evaluate the students’ opinion on the effectiveness of introducing a writing assignment early in their college education. The research will also evaluate the students’ opinion on how such assignment can help them better understand the concepts studied in the class, improve their studying methodology and enhance their critical thinking.
Popescu, O., & Jovanovic, V. M. (2016, June), Introducing Writing Assignments in Engineering Technology Courses to Enhance Technical Writing Skills and Critical Thinking Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25462
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