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Using a Journal Article with Sophomores to Increase Lifelong Learning Confidence

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Chemical Engineering Division Poster Session

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Chemical Engineering

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24.1317.1 - 24.1317.13



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Laura P. Ford University of Tulsa

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Dr. Laura Ford is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Tulsa. She teaches engineering science thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, mass transfer, and senior labs. Her research areas are vacuum etching of copper from photovoltaic materials and formation, characterization, and prevention of natural gas hydrates.

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The Effect of Using a Journal Article in a Sophomore Engineering Science Class on Life-long Learning ConfidenceJournal articles are often used in upper-level engineering courses as reference material toencourage students to develop life-long learning skills. This presentation will discuss the effectof using a journal article in a sophomore-level class on students’ confidence in their abilities toread and understand similar journal articles.Chemical Engineering Progress often includes articles appropriate for use in sophomore andjunior engineering science classes of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer. Thedesign project in this fall’s thermodynamics course will be based on Optimizing an OrganicRankine Cycle by Bourji and Winstead (CEP, January 2013, 35-39). The thermodynamicconcepts in the paper are all covered in the course, so a student who understands the courseRankine cycle material should understand the thermodynamics of the paper. Three times duringthe semester, the students will read the article and answer a questionnaire that includesconfidence in ability to read and understand a similar article. The questionnaire will be givenbefore Rankine cycles have been covered in class, just after the homework assignment onRankine cycles is due, and just after the project based on the article is due. Basing the designproject on the paper, making the students work closely with it, is expected to increase thestudents’ confidence in their abilities to read similar papers. With the appropriate selection ofarticles, life-long learning skills can be encouraged in lower-level courses.

Ford, L. P. (2014, June), Using a Journal Article with Sophomores to Increase Lifelong Learning Confidence Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23251

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