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Understanding Reflection Activities Broadly

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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

Encouraging Students to Think Critically

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New Engineering Educators

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Jennifer A. Turns University of Washington

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Jennifer Turns is a Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington. She is interested in all aspects of engineering education, including how to support engineering students in reflecting on experience, how to help engineering educators make effective teaching decisions, and the application of ideas from complexity science to the challenges of engineering education.

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Kathryn Elizabeth Shroyer University of Washington Orcid 16x16

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Terri L. Lovins University of Washington


Cynthia J. Atman University of Washington

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Cynthia J. Atman is the founding director of the Center for Engineering Learning & Teaching (CELT), a professor in Human Centered Design & Engineering, and the inaugural holder of the Mitchell T. & Lella Blanche Bowie Endowed Chair at the University of Washington. Dr. Atman is co-director of the Consortium to Promote Reflection in Engineering Education (CPREE), funded by the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. Her research focuses on engineering design learning, considering context in engineering design, and the use of reflection to support learning.

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Making informed decisions among potential reflection activities can be challenging for engineering educators. Information about the \knowledge gains resulting from different reflection activities would be valuable for engineering educators seeking to make informed choices. In the first part of the work described here, we describe a conceptual framework that summarizes types of knowledge gains resulting from engagement in reflection activities. In the second part of the work, we report on data from students who had engaged in reflection activities.

Turns, J. A., & Shroyer, K. E., & Lovins, T. L., & Atman, C. J. (2017, June), Understanding Reflection Activities Broadly Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--29054

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