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Technology Choices of Undergraduate Engineering Students for Solving Calculus Questions

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Computing Technology Session 1

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Computers in Education

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Emre Tokgoz Quinnipiac University

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Emre Tokgoz is currently an Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering at Quinnipiac University. He completed a Ph.D. in Mathematics and another Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. His pedagogical research interest includes technology and calculus education of STEM majors. He worked on several IRB approved pedagogical studies to observe undergraduate and graduate mathematics and engineering students’ calculus and technology knowledge since 2011. His other research interests include nonlinear optimization, financial engineering, facility allocation problem, vehicle routing problem, solar energy systems, machine learning, system design, network analysis, inventory systems, and Riemannian geometry.

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The use of technology is increasing day-by-day in educational environments and industry. Teaching theoretical concepts with computer programs’ and calculators’ applications help students to understand the use of technology in various areas of engineering calculations. Different technologies can be used for solving different kinds of engineering problems. In this work, technology preferences of engineering undergraduate students who were enrolled at a mid-sized Northeastern U.S. institution for solving three different types of calculus problems are investigated with the emphasis given to understanding technology education of these students’ at their high schools and their university. The qualitative results to be displayed in this research consist of students’ written questionnaire and video recorded interview responses. The quantitative results are the probabilistic results based on the technology preferences of the students. The results presented in this paper help to determine and understand engineering students’ technology choices for solving different calculus problems based on their technology education at their schools. The participants of this IRB approved research completed the third calculus course of a four-course calculus sequence. This article is a continuation of another IRB approved research that was conducted by the researcher at a large Midwest U.S. institution.

Tokgoz, E. (2017, June), Technology Choices of Undergraduate Engineering Students for Solving Calculus Questions Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28937

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