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Work in Progress: Exploring 'Ways of Thinking' of Interdisciplinary Collaborators

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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ERM Technical Session 11: Leadership and Collaborations in Engineering

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Educational Research and Methods

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Medha Dalal Arizona State University Orcid 16x16

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Medha Dalal has a Ph.D. in Learning, Literacies and Technologies from the Arizona State University with a focus on engineering education. She has a master’s degree in Computer Science and a bachelor's in Electrical Engineering. Medha has many years of experience teaching and developing curricula in computer science, engineering, and education technology programs. She has worked as an instructional designer at the Engineering Research Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics. Her research interests include interdisciplinary collaborations, ways of thinking, online/blended learning, and pedagogy of technology integration.

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Adam R. Carberry Arizona State University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Adam Carberry is an associate professor at Arizona State University in the Fulton Schools of Engineering Polytechnic School. He earned a B.S. in Materials Science Engineering from Alfred University, and received his M.S. and Ph.D., both from Tufts University, in Chemistry and Engineering Education respectively. His research investigates the development of new classroom innovations, assessment techniques, and identifying new ways to empirically understand how engineering students and educators learn. Prior to joining ASU he was a graduate student research assistant at the Tufts’ Center for Engineering Education and Outreach.

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Calls have been made for novel ways of thinking about engineering education research. Building on an earlier qualitative inquiry, this work in progress study examined the number and nature of factors underlying the constructs of futures, values, systems, and strategic thinking within the context of interdisciplinary engineering education research. Exploratory factor analysis of survey data (n =111) supported a correlated two factor structure for futures and strategic thinking, one factor for systems thinking, and a two to three factor structure for values thinking. The study has implications for researchers to better understand the multidimensional, correlated nature of various ways of thinking.

Dalal, M., & Carberry, A. R. (2019, June), Work in Progress: Exploring 'Ways of Thinking' of Interdisciplinary Collaborators Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33614

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