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Metacognition as a Tool for Engineering Technology Students

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2018 Mid Atlantic Section Fall Meeting

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Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn, New York, New York

Publication Date

October 26, 2018

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October 26, 2018

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October 27, 2018

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Melanie Villatoro P.E. New York City College of Technology

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Melanie Villatoro, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Construction Management and Civil Engineering Technology at NYC College of Technology, is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York. Professor Villatoro serves on the Advisory Board of two local high schools; she has served as Program Director for the National Summer Transportation at City Tech for two consecutive years and is passionate about engineering outreach in the K-12 population.

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Chen Xu New York City College of Technology

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Dr. Chen Xu is an Assistant Professor at Computer Engineering Technology department in New York City College of Technology.

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Claudia E Hernandez Feiks

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Navid Allahverdi

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Serdar Ozlek

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Abstract

New York City College of Technology, “City Tech,” is the designated senior college of technology within the 24-unit City University of New York (CUNY). The college plays an important role nationally in the education of future scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians by offering a broad range of engineering technology majors. These majors have high enrollment annually; However, the one–year retention rates of freshman in the engineering technology associates degrees are typically 10-20% lower as compared to college wide one-year retention rates. One common reason for students changing majors or discontinuing their education after their first year is poor performance in classes. How can we, as faculty, support students and help them excel in their college coursework? According to Sandra McGuire, "If you teach students how to learn, and give simple, straightforward strategies to use, they can significantly increase their learning and performance."1 This study looks to examine whether McGuire's strategies can be replicated in engineering technology majors at City Tech. Specifically, this pilot phase looked at students majoring in Construction Management and Civil Engineering Technology (CMCE). Courses in CMCE were selected to receive the intervention and our results will look to identify correlations between grade performance and exposure to the intervention.

Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate Into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation. Herndon: Stylus Publishing.

Villatoro, M., & Xu, C., & Hernandez Feiks, C. E., & Allahverdi, N., & Ozlek, S. (2018, October), Metacognition as a Tool for Engineering Technology Students Paper presented at 2018 Mid Atlantic Section Fall Meeting, Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn, New York, New York. https://peer.asee.org/31457

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