June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Minorities in Engineering
22.1634.1 - 22.1634.9
Using Robotics for Teaching Critical Thinking, Problems Solving and Self- Regulated Learning for Freshmen Engineering Students at an HBCUIncoming freshmen engineering students at an HBCU graduated from a wide variety ofhigh schools which do not equally prepare these students for the rigors of an engineeringcourse of study. One of the required courses titled "University Success" covers a widevariety of topics ranging from university rules and regulations to study techniques andexam preparation. Within the framework of this course topics related to critical thinkingand problem solving are addressed. The work detailed in this paper, sponsored by NSF,focuses on the use of robotics to introduce freshmen to engineering principles, evaluatetheir problem solving skills and expand their knowledge and use of self-regulatedlearning concepts / techniques in a concerted effort to improve retention and graduationrates in engineering at an HBCU.Self-regulated learning is an important but difficult concept to present to students. Withself-regulated learning, students learn to evaluate their study and learning strategies andto evaluate their own critical thinking and problem solving skills and strategies. Theresearch presented in this paper examines the use of robotics as a targeted topic for thestudents to learn how to apply self-regulated concepts. In this laboratory setting thestudents exercise their problem solving skills and develop an understanding of how theyare able to adjust / learn from both successes and failures. From this experience thestudents are able to gain a better understanding of how self-regulated learning is relatedto academic success. The individual problems used in this project are presented, alongwith detailed analysis of the effectiveness of applying such methods for preparingfreshmen for success in undergraduate engineering.
Skelton, G. W., & Pang, Q., & Zheng, W., & Shih, H., & Pei, T. (2011, June), Using Robotics for Teaching Critical Thinking, Problems Solving, and Self-Regulated Learning for Freshmen Engineering Students Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18885
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