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Work in Progress: Designing a Course to Promote Positive Learning Behaviors and Dispositions for First-year Engineering Students

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Changing the Engineering Classroom

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Educational Research and Methods

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Dong San Choi University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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Dong San Choi is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;

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Michael C. Loui Purdue University, West Lafayette (College of Engineering)

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Michael C. Loui is the Dale and Suzi Gallagher Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University. He was previously Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and University Distinguished Teacher-Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His interests include computational complexity theory, professional ethics, and engineering education research. He serves as Editor of the Journal of Engineering Education and as a member of the editorial boards of College Teaching and Accountability in Research. He is a Carnegie Scholar and an IEEE Fellow. Professor Loui was Associate Dean of the Graduate College at Illinois from 1996 to 2000. He directed the theory of computing program at the National Science Foundation from 1990 to 1991. He earned the Ph.D. at M.I.T. in 1980.

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In this work-in-progress paper, we describe a design-based research project that explores how students adopt positive learning behaviors and dispositions through a course, because positive learning behaviors and dispositions have been shown to increase persistence through challenges and setbacks. We have designed a course titled, "Engineering the Mind," as an eight-week, second-half semester course that is offered for one semester-hour of credit. We plan to pilot this course in Spring 2017 to prepare for the Fall 2017 offering. The purpose of course topics and activities is to promote positive learning dispositions and to help students develop resilience toward negative, external influences that could undermine their disposition to succeed. If successful, this course can serve as another means to improve retention in engineering using design-based research.

Choi, D. S., & Loui, M. C. (2017, June), Work in Progress: Designing a Course to Promote Positive Learning Behaviors and Dispositions for First-year Engineering Students Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--29149

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