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Teachers Make Lousy Students, and What You Can Do About It

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

K-12 Teachers: PD, Implementation, and Beyond

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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25.1237.1 - 25.1237.16



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Eugene Rutz University of Cincinnati

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Eugene Rutz, M.S., P.E., is an Academic Director in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. He manages the College's combined B.S./M.S. programs and leads an outreach effort with local high schools. Rutz also teaches and provides pedagogical and technical assistance for distance learning courses.

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Anant R. Kukreti University of Cincinnati

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Anant R. Kukreti, Ph.D., is Director for Engineering Outreach, College of Engineering and Applied Science, and professor in the School of Energy, Environmental, Biological, and Medical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati (UC), Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. He joined UC on Aug. 15, 2000, and before that worked 22 years at University of Oklahoma. He teaches structural engineering, with research in experimental and finite element analysis of structures. He has won five major university teaching awards, two Professorships, two national ASEE teaching awards, and is internationally recognized in his primary research field.

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Catherine Maltbie University of Cincinnati

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Catherine Maltbie (Research Associate, UC Evaluation Services Center [ESC]) has a doctorate in educational foundations with a specialization in social and cognitive aspects of education and a bachelor's of science in chemical engineering. Maltbie has coordinated evaluations for numerous projects related to K-20 education, educational technology, and STEM education. Maltbie is/has been the evaluator for numerous NSF-funded projects (including ITEST, CCLI/TUES, NUE, IEECI, IMD, BPC, GK-12 Fellows, RET, and STEP programs). She has support of ESC staff and resources. ESC ( is well-qualified to perform the proposed internal evaluation activities and has conducted more the 300 evaluations in the fields of education and related human services at local, state, regional, and national levels.

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Teachers Make Lousy Students – And What You Can Do About ItAs part of the College’s Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program, a pre-engineeringprogram was included. The pre-engineering program described the fields of engineering andengineering technology allowing participants to explore technology systems and designprocesses. The overall goal of the pre-engineering program was to help teachers betterunderstand engineering and engineering technology so that they can appropriately addressengineering and technology related topics in their classrooms. The program content wasprovided using a variety of means including instructor led presentations and projects. Allpresentation materials were available to participants before, during and after the sessions via anRET web site. Significant effort was made to develop interactive discussions betweenparticipants and the instructor while making use of an item of current interest. For example,mechanical engineering was introduced around the topic of gears, particularly gears on bicycles,with a discussion of gearing that would be appropriate for various stages of the Tour de Francewhich was in progress.Project-based work was used to develop the topics presented and provide opportunities for activelearning for the participants. In most cases, participants worked in teams on projects to modelthe approach that would be used in the schools. The projects typically provided an open-endedproblem centered around a topic (e.g. the engineering design process) and required participantsto work together to solve the problem.This paper describes the evolution of this pre-engineering program over several years as the RETorganizers sought to be responsive to participant behavior and feedback. Based on participantevaluation of the pre-engineering program and instructor observations the sessions weremodified to be responsive to participant needs. The table below summarizes the characteristicsof the pre-engineering program that were modified through the RET. These along withparticipant feedback are presented in the paper. 2009 2010 2011Teaching Sessions 9 8 4Projects 2 short; 1 long 2 short; 2 demos 2 short; 2 longContact Time 2-3 hrs / session 2 hrs / session 3 hrs / sessionLed by College staff College staff College staff and peer instructorsParticipant Various measures will be presented in the paperSatisfaction

Rutz, E., & Kukreti, A. R., & Maltbie, C. (2012, June), Teachers Make Lousy Students, and What You Can Do About It Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21994

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