June 22, 2003
June 22, 2003
June 25, 2003
8.1132.1 - 8.1132.8
Session Number 2365
Engineering Mathematics Self-Learning Modules: Independent Learning for Engineering Freshmen
Cristino A. Carbonell, Fe P. Tabamo, Clarita R. Guevara, Conchita H. Javier Faculty of Engineering, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines
Independent learning is not a method of instruction. It is a human act. Despite the very comprehensive learning materials provided the learner; the well-thought lesson plans prepared by the teacher and the well-designed class schedules, not a single person nor institution has complete control of the learning process. Not even the bell can signal the start and end of learning.
Learning absolutely resides in the learner himself. The learner has the ultimate and supreme capability to gain and apply knowledge for his personal welfare and his society’s progress. The challenged posed by this fact to engineering educators is to provide a learning situation where the learner may discover his potentials and utilize them to the fullest in order to obtain, comprehend and practice the knowledge required of future engineering professionals.
The Engineering Sciences Department of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines, has introduced modular instruction in two Mathematics courses during the second semester of the school year 1998-1999. Printed learning modules of Plane Trigonometry and Solid Geometry were developed to allow its Engineering Freshmen to learn these courses at their own pace.
The authors of this paper were tasked to prepare the learning materials of the courses; to design and implement the program of activities for both the learners and the teacher; and to conduct a research on the feasibility of this novel project for continuous implementation and the possible adoption of other courses in the Faculty of Engineering. The authors perceived the project as a tough act considering that learning with instructional modules is a novel concept in tertiary education and in Engineering Mathematics courses at that.
2. Independent Learning: Then and Now
Oxford University in England is credited as the first institution to develop techniques of independent study1. This was the tutorial system, described as “Oxford’s most important contribution to educational practice” in the Handbook to the University of Oxford, provided a “morals” tutor to selected young citizens who would govern and direct society in the future. The finest education was provided to these students and tutors instructed them on good manners and on exercising control over financial matters. Reforms were introduced and a second tutor was added - the “academics” tutor.
In the United States, Harvard University was the first to introduce the elective systems. The Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exhibition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education
TABAMO, F., & CARBONELL, C., & Javier, C., & Guevara, C. (2003, June), The Engineering Mathematics Self Learning Modules: Independent Learning For Engineering Freshmen Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. https://peer.asee.org/11975
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