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Toward Interdisciplinary Teamwork in Japan: Developing Team-based Learning Experience and Its Assessment

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Mechanical Engineering Technical Session: Team/Project-based Pedagogy and Approaches

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Daigo Misaki Kogakuin University

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Daigo Misaki is an Associate Professor at Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering, Kogakuin University.
Daigo got a Ph.D. in Engineering, Tokyo Metropolitan University. Daigo was a visiting Associate Professor at Center forDesign Research in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford.

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Xiao Ge Stanford University Orcid 16x16

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I am a PhD candidate at Center for Design Research in Mechanical Engineering Department, Stanford University. Working with my primary advisor, Larry Leifer, I integrate approaches from engineering, design and psychology to investigate the contemporary team practice of multicultural design innovation and multicultural, interdisciplinary science innovation. Specifically, I investigate a psychological mechanism – perplexity - through which engineers thrive when their habitual mind clashes with the social realities. In addition, I test interventions to nudge engineers to reframe problematic schema-incongruent situations into unique opportunities for cognitive growth, creative performance, and effective teamwork. My work contributes to revealing the science behind multicultural, interdisciplinary technological collaboration and providing actionable guidance for building up the next-generation engineers.

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Takuma Odaka Kogakuin University

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I am a graduate student of the mechanical engineering program at Kogakuin university.
My research interest; Educational Engineering, Physiological Psychology, Team Working, Team Education, Behavior Analysis.
I specialize in creating measurement systems and analyzing data using languages such as Python and MATLAB.

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Over the last ten years, the Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education (JABEE) has increasingly emphasized the importance of multidisciplinary teamwork abilities. Despite heavy investment to improve mechanical engineering education in Japan, the effectiveness of the education has not been sufficiently discussed. Traditionally, students are assessed on their in-depth understanding of specialized knowledge. With the surge of project-based learning, evaluation is largely focused on students’ final product or research results. We take a different stance and join the emerging call to foster engineering students’ abilities of knowledge acquisition, communication, teamwork, and creativity. To evaluate these abilities, we have combined cultural perspectives with a student-centered approach to inquire what constitutes engineering and its practice in Japan. We discuss the challenges and propose qualitative and quantitative methods to evaluate student learning in Japanese engineering design education.

Misaki, D., & Ge, X., & Odaka, T. (2020, June), Toward Interdisciplinary Teamwork in Japan: Developing Team-based Learning Experience and Its Assessment Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--33959

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