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Reinforcing Critical Thinking Skills Using a Homework Layout in Engineering Physics Course

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Engineering Physics & Physics Division Technical Session 3

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Engineering Physics & Physics

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Inci Ruzybayev York College of Pennsylvania

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Inci Ruzybayev is Assistant Professor in Engineering and Computer Science at York College of Pennsylvania

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Practice is the key to success. Homework problems play a crucial part of that practice. Unfortunately, in our classrooms, the trend is to use a web-based system to assign and grade homework problems. Web-based systems present many advantages. For instances, they save instructor’s time on grading, randomized values on problems may discourage cheating, students can use links to the related electronic text before solving a problem, etc. However, web-based systems are focused on the answer only. Students become careless of their work and even try trial and error method just to get the correct answer.

In this study, the author presents the assessment of hand-written homework layout used in engineering physics course. A web-based system was also used along with the hand-written homework layout. The purpose was to reinforce students’ critical thinking skills by focusing on the process of how to obtain an answer instead of the answer itself. Critical thinking skill takes time to develop, but with the layout most students showed their thinking process when solving problems. More and more, the students accepted the layout as their approach to any problems, became more organized, made less mistakes or easily found their mistake, and got used to the layout with time.

Ruzybayev, I. (2017, June), Reinforcing Critical Thinking Skills Using a Homework Layout in Engineering Physics Course Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28789

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