San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
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Prerequisite Courses and Retentivity as a Challenge for Students In Engineering MechanicsAbstractA recurring problem for teachers of Engineering Mechanics is that many students sign up to starttheir courses when they are not quite ready for them. This situation of unreadiness may be due tolack of adequate preparation. At first, it is easy to want to ascribe the problem to lack of coverageof pertinent material in the prerequisite course(s). However, the more likely cause is an amazingamnesia that leaves the students with very few of the important concepts learned in theprerequisite courses that are needed for the mechanics course that they are about to start.This phenomenon is observed even among some of the best students who get top grades in theprerequisite courses by demonstrating mastery of the material, but then “draw a blank” when itcomes time to use that material in a subsequent course.This paper presents and analyzes the problem, identifies the root causes, and presents anddemonstrates, with supporting data, some proven effective strategies for addressing andcombating the problem.
Efimba, R. E., & Rhoulac Smith, T. (2012, June), Prerequisite Courses and Retentivity as a Challenge Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21821
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