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Making Meaning of Data: Exploring Representations of Classroom Activities from a First-year Engineering Course

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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First-year Programs Division Technical Session 9: Focus on Student Learning, Lifelong Learning, and the Whole Student

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First-Year Programs

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26.1124.1 - 26.1124.11



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Nikitha Sambamurthy Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Nikitha Sambamurthy is pursuing a Ph.D. in Engineering Education at Purdue University.

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Catherine G. P. Berdanier Purdue University, West Lafayette Orcid 16x16


Monica Farmer Cox Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Monica F. Cox, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University, the Inaugural Director of the College of Engineering's Leadership Minor, and the Director of the International Institute of Engineering Education Assessment (i2e2a). In 2013, she became founder and owner of STEMinent LLC, a company focused on STEM education assessment and professional development for stakeholders in K-12 education, higher education, and Corporate America. Her research is focused upon the use of mixed methodologies to explore significant research questions in undergraduate, graduate, and professional engineering education, to integrate concepts from higher education and learning science into engineering education, and to develop and disseminate reliable and valid assessment tools for use across the engineering education continuum.

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Jing Lv

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Yukiko Maeda Purdue University, West Lafayette


Syafiah Mahfuzah Johari Engineering Education Department, Purdue University

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Syafiah Johari is currently a senior in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. She did research under supervision of Dr. Monica Cox (Associate Professor) and Nikitha Sambamurthy (Graduate Student) in Engineering Education Department for the 11-week Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program in summer 2014. Her research interests include heat and mass transfer, energy and environment.
She was the recipient of Mechanical Engineering Scholarship Award of Purdue University in 2013 in recognition of her outstanding achievement in academic and co-curricular activities and Best Engineering Design Award for the excellent class design project in spring 2013.

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Making Meaning of Data: Exploring Representations of Classroom Activities from a First Year Engineering CourseAbstract: Real-time, pedagogical feedback can be useful for instructors and graduate TAs inassessing the effectiveness of their instructional activities. This is especially useful in first-yearengineering classes, where laboratory and team activities may be more common. The G-RATE,Global Real-Time Assessment Tool for Teaching Enhancement, is a tool to provide research-based feedback for instructors about their classroom interactions across four areas based on theHow People Learn framework (Bransford, et. al, 1999): knowledge-centeredness, communitycenteredness, learner-centeredness, and assessment-centeredness. The G-RATE provides ateaching profile across these categories, as well as a chronological profile of teachinginteractions. Given the huge amounts of classroom data captured over large spans of time, the processof effectively representing the depth and breadth of classroom activities becomes messy. Howcan data be represented in a detailed, meaningful manner that can inform educators’ teachingpractices? Using data collected among 7 instructors in a first-year engineering course at a largeMidwestern university, the authors present an overview of data collection techniques used toinform faculty about their pedagogical instruction. Implications for translating this data intofeedback are presented along with sample profiles of faculty instruction using the G-RATE.ReferencesBransford, J. D., Brown, A. L., & Cocking, R. R. (Eds). How People Learn: Brain, Mind,Experience, and School. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1999.

Sambamurthy, N., & Berdanier, C. G. P., & Cox, M. F., & Lv, J., & Maeda, Y., & Johari, S. M. (2015, June), Making Meaning of Data: Exploring Representations of Classroom Activities from a First-year Engineering Course Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24461

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